Ready, Set, Launch!—The Engineering Cycle for Productive Struggle

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  • 1 Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
  • | 2 University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

We implemented a STEM task that highlights the engineering cycle and engages students in productive struggle. Students problem solved in productive ways and saw tangible benefits of revising their work to achieve mathematical goals.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2014. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: NCTM.

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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2017. Enhancing Classroom Practice with Research behind PtA. Reston, VA: NCTM.

  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 2010. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Washington, DC: NGA Center and CCSSO. http://www.corestandards.org.

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