Problem solving is an effective way to engage students, to have them dig for connections, to make the learning stick. As always, careful planning is the key to getting the most out of it. Make sure to do the problem yourself in as many ways you can think of, anticipate student difficulties and your responses, how you will debrief the problem….
Here are some good resources:
- Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS)
- Dan Meyer’s Three-Act Math Tasks
- Would You Rather
- High School Algebra and Functions – CDE
- Robert Kaplinsky: How much does a 100×100 In-N-Out cheeseburger cost?