AdministratorJune 5, 2020 at 9:30 am
@nicholasrhodes I think it’s completely fine that no students solved it with the intended learning goal. Think of how powerful this moment is for you now that you have student solutions to work with. Now you can tie their solutions to a solution (solving equations) that is streamlined, repeatable, efficient. We get to discuss now why the process of solving equations is useful. It also allows you to discuss mathematical norms. If we all use this technique when solving problems like this then communication of ideas is easier.
So no, I wouldn’t tell them the learning goal until after your consolidate and introduce the solving equations.
Your Desmos activity is a great way to introduce solving equations too!