Problem Solvers: Cheerio Count and Solutions to the A Word to the Wise Problem

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  • 1 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

The goal of the “Problem Solvers” department is to foster improved communication among teachers by posing one problem each month for K-6 teachers to try with their students. Every teacher can become an author: pose the problem, reflect on your students' work, analyze the classroom dialogue, and submit the resulting insights to this department. Every teacher can help us all better understand children's capabilities and thinking about mathematics with their contributions to the journal. Remember that even student misconceptions provide valuable information.


Edited by Barbara Britton,, and Carla Tayeh,, Readers are encouraged to submit problems to the editors to be considered for future “Problem Solvers” columns. Receipt of problems will not be acknowledged; however, problems selected for publication will be credited to the author.

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