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I love the idea of not giving to much information to students and getting them to notice and wonder so they can decide on a solution pathway instead of being told or outright asking for the way to solve a problem. I find many of my students give up on the logic problems that I give in class. I also find that after a while they do begin to dive into their tool bags to see if they can use something from their past experiences to help them solve the problem in front of them. My wondering is how do you do this for concepts that they have never seen before? For example, part of our curriculum has to do with teaching the pythagorean theorem. Without learning this, how do you just throw a problem at them that would normally use the pythagorean theorem to solve it? I don’t want to be the “sage on the stage” but when is the right time to give a problem to kids that you know requires more mathematical understanding then they currently have?