Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 89... Problem Solving

At our school, schedule changes tend to happen during the first two weeks of the semester, so I anticipated my Intermediate Algebra class enrollment increasing. As a result, I wanted to spend quite a bit of time working on problem solving skills in order to gauge where my new students were. The problem pictured above was about a restaurant with some 4-seat tables and 2-seat tables and determining how many of each type were in the restaurant. I was very impressed to see that some kids went for diagrams, others went for guess and check, and a few tried to write an equation and use a system of equations. It was a great teaching moment over strategies and if one method didn't work out, try another!

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