The end of the summer is a great time for eating berries of all sorts.
The end of the summer is a great time for a ride around the neighborhood. What do you notice in the story below? What are you wondering about? Leave a comment to tell us your thoughts!
One fourth of the vehicles at Danielle’s Cycle Shop are tricycles. The rest are bicycles. Danielle counted a total of 45 wheels in her shop.
We talk a lot about the problem-solving process here at the Math Forum and try to develop resources that will help teachers help their students get better at problem solving. We discuss how to encourage students to share their thinking (such as through Noticing and Wondering) and how to cultivate classrooms that value those thoughts and ideas as much as answers. But if we take a look at our own “problem solving” product, the Problems of the Week, we have to acknowledge that there isn’t so much support for process, starting with the “Compose Answer” button that appears at the bottom of each problem. Oops!
We have considered a number of possibilities, including an option (chosen by the teacher) to show just the scenario for a problem and then have fields in which students can submit their Noticings and Wonderings. That sort of thing would require some significant programming time, so while we are working on putting it in place (I’ll blog about it more before we get too far), we are first going to support the PoW process through some wording changes in the submission process. We’ve come up with some possibilities and wonder if anyone has alternative ideas.
On a problem page, it says, “Compose Answer”, which of course implies you have “an answer”. We’re thinking of changing that to “Submit Ideas”, which seems a bit more welcoming to submissions that might not actually contain an answer yet (or ever).
Once you get to the “submission” page, there are four spots we’re suggesting alternative wording:
What do you think? Would these sorts of changes convey “process” to your students? Do you have any other suggestions?
Those lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to an end in the Northern Hemisphere! Don’t you wish you could spend another month or two doing what Lee is doing in this free scenario? (What is he doing, anyway?) What do you notice in the story below? What are you wondering about? Leave a comment to tell us your thoughts!
Specialist Lee Alejandre, who is 6 feet tall, had leave time from the Army, some of which he spent basking in the sun at Swarthmore College in a couple of different chairs:
|dimension||larger chair||smaller chair|
|width of seat||57 3/4″||21″|
|length of arm||80″||29 1/2″|
|front leg||26 1/8″||9 1/2″|
You don’t have to speak French in order to Notice and Wonder about this bit of architectural design! Leave a comment to tell us your thoughts (French is optional)!
A voussoir is a trapezoidal piece of stone often used to build arches.
It’s your ten-year high school reunion and committees have been formed to help plan the celebration. Each committee will meet in person once before the reunion.
Food: Rachel, Angie, Aubrey, Dan, Sean, Ryan
Invitations: Katie, Gavin, Dan, Jason, Ryan
Entertainment: Eric, Kyle, Tosin, Rachel, Julie, Sean
Lodging: Jennifer, Amber, Travis, Tosin, Anne
Decorations: Robert, Travis, Jason, Gavin, Matt
Alumni Directory: April, Zach, Robert, Eric, Matt
Hector says to Larissa, “If you give me $2, we will have an equal amount of money.” Larissa responds, “That’s true, but on the other hand if you give me $2, I will have twice as much money as you.”
Scattered around the house are 100 nuts in 5 bowls.
After Tom’s mother drops Tom off at school, she has to stop at the drug store, the supermarket, and the post office before heading home.