Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.
Linda L. Cooper
Deanna Pecaski McLennan
Brandon G. McMillan and Theodore Sagun
This instructional activity gives teachers access to student thinking that can be leveraged to extend and connect their ideas.
Amanda Milewski and Daniel Frohardt
Few high school students associate mathematics with playfulness. In this paper, we offer a series of lessons focused on the underlying algebraic structures of the Rubik's Cube. The Rubik's Cube offers students an interesting space to enjoy the playful side of mathematics, while appreciating mathematics otherwise lost in routine experiences.
May 2020 For the Love of Mathematics Jokes
Matt Enlow and S. Asli Özgün-Koca
This month's Growing Problem Solvers focuses on Data Analysis across all grades beginning with visual representations of categorical data and moving to measures of central tendency using a “working backwards” approach.
The paper discusses technology that can help students master four triangle centers -- circumcenter, incenter, orthocenter, and centroid. The technologies are a collection of web-based apps and dynamic geometry software. Through use of these technologies, multiple examples can be considered, which can lead students to generalizations about triangle centers.
When visitors enter the High Museum in Atlanta, one of the first pieces of art they encounter is Physic Garden, by Molly Hatch (details in photographs 1 and 2). Physic Garden consists of 456 handpainted dinner plates arranged to form a rectangle with 24 horizontal rows and 19 vertical columns and extends from the floor to the ceiling of the first floor. The design of the “plate painting” was inspired by two mid-18th-century English ceramic plates from the museum's collection (photograph 3).
Carolyn James, Ana Casas, and Douglas Grant
Encouraging students to justify earlier as they attempt to solve an open-ended task can lead to greater understanding and engagement.
big solutions to little problems
Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells
Solutions to a previous Solve It problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.