Category Archive: Problem Solving

Jun 27

Using Rich Problems for Differentiated Instruction

This is a good paper describing the use and characteristics of rich problems. http://math.sfsu.edu/hsu/papers/HsuKyshResek-RichProblems.pdf (The teaching method here is Teaching With Tasks.) Has 3 examples of rich problems First is rich and fairly basic and doable. Second is excellent. #differenceofsquares (I like this one the best. 😀)  Third is quite open-ended. The article does a …

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Sep 19

Stick that in your head

Here’s a ‘quote’ I came up with on one of my runs one day. Someday I should turn this into a lecture. Perhaps uttered at the end of a class period: Stick that in your head, so that when you need it, you’ll have it. More fully: Stick that in your head, so that when …

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Apr 27

Check out openmiddle.com

I like https://t.co/CnV6LGaZgB Example: https://t.co/NISNnmCYgo #Math #ProblemSolving https://t.co/tncHYXv8ao — Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) April 27, 2016 It does appear to be somewhat CCSSM-based.

Mar 27

Spotting Numbers and Visual Patterns

Here a two great websites that provide lots of great pattern problems. Spotting Numbers Visual Patterns These patterns can be used with elementary students (if you just ask number questions) through advanced algebra (if you include questions about functions). Mathematics is often described as the study of patterns.  That is exactly what Spotting Numbers and …

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