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  • Tarini Arte

    February 20, 2022 at 2:42 am

    I think the productive struggle is what catalyzes the “a-ha” moments that really matter. Also such open-ended tasks allow for students to try those variety of approaches that can add depth to the task. I am curious how you navigate the question of “why are we even doing this?” or “well… I could just look it up on Google”. I try to build and contextualize for students how math relates to their lives and communicating how we are building a toolkit of skills and problem-solving to solve anything in our paths. But in the moments of these specific problems, it can sometimes be hard to communicate the importance of curiosity (especially for those more reluctant math students). That being said, I have noticed that satisfaction students get once they crack a problem like this through various strategies during class. Love the idea of resilience and “just ride a bike”!