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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 nice job of showing how instruction and (formative) assessment go hand-in-hand.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it has good mathematics.