Each article includes the prompt used to initiate the discussion, a portion of dialogue, student work samples (when applicable) and teacher insights into the mathematical thinking of the students. This month, students are taught the importance of ensuring that their solutions are reasonable. This article describes the creative thinking of a group of students trying to rationalize their unreasonable answer when they meet the Mango problem.

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Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, pseshaiy@gmu.edu, is an associate professor of mathematical sciences at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia. His work with K–grade 12 teachers focuses on deepening their mathematical content knowledge. Patricia W. Freeman, pfreema1@gmu.edu, teaches algebra 1 and geometry to eighth graders at Franklin Middle School in Chantilly, Virginia, while pursuing a doctorate in Mathematics Education Leadership at GMU. She is interested in professional development and working with K–grade 8 mathematics specialists to support classroom teachers.

(Corresponding author is Seshaiyer pseshaiy@gmu.edu)
(Corresponding author is Freeman pfreema1@gmu.edu)
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