Would You Rather? Math tasks to get kids thinking

His school’s goal – Have kids practice writing in complete sentences using the prompt, “Would you rather?” – was the catalyst for John Stevens’ student-centered math site.   In his first post, John, a high school math teacher, states, “… I’m looking for something entirely different and more catered to secondary students as a conversation starter.”  So he created something to fill that gap.

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His posts pose problems with which students from grades 6 – 12 must tangle and make a choice.   While a few are contrived, many are real-world.  He has been able to make all of them engaging and thought-provoking, which are goals of every teacher we know.

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In the above examples, notice that there is not one right answer to either of the tasks.  Students must justify their decision with math (putting into play many of the Math Practice Standards). Each situation has the potential for some great math talk, right along with great math work! Take a look at this post of how he used one such problem in his classroom.

Would You Rather? blog is well worth the visit.  You can always find the link on the CCSS Math symbaloo.




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