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big solutions to little problems

Edited by Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells

Solutions to a previous Solve It problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.

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Susan A. Peters, Victoria Miller Bennett, Mandy Young, and Jonathan D. Watkins

A sequence of five activities, progressing from concrete to abstract, can help students develop deep understandings of the mean.

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Puppy Love

little problems with big solutions

Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to analyze area and perimeter.

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Robin S. O'Dell

Using a rule as a seesaw helps students steady their understanding of the mean.

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Lynn G. Patterson and Kadie L. Patterson

An engaging activity analyzing the average age of U.S. presidents not only integrates history and mathematics but also examines measures of central tendency and its appropriate uses.

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Jane M. Wilburne and Ashley Kulbacki

A sixth-grade teacher's word task uncovers higher-level thinking and engages her students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

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Carmen Petrick Smith and Kris Kenlan

Students investigate how well an online game helps them learn.

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George J. Roy, Thomas E. Hodges, and LuAnn Graul

Students' mathematical intuition about estimation can serve as an entry point for tasks exploring measures of center.

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Amy Farrell

This month's problem engages students in statistics, namely descriptive statistics. During the lesson, students will work with two measures of central tendency, the mean and the mode.

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Wayne Nirode

To address student misconceptions and promote student learning, use discussion questions as an alternative to reviewing assessments.