Day 37 – Defining a Strategy

Math 8 – We’ve moved onto estimating square roots, but today we did a small assessment of problem solving. Students have the above handout to define a strategy for problem solving that they’ve been using. We had mostly inadvertently started using the rubric from Mason’s Thinking Mathematically.

My handout/assessment can be found here.

The problem presented was a lot easier than painted cubes and many kids had success. I was also very clear that I wanted to see kids work through the strategy. Try some specific examples, attack the problem with a try, check to see if it works…