Where to solve?
Environments should be flexible. Make sure solvers have a space where they can get items out and work and put them all back. (It’s important pieces don’t get lost so they have everything they need.)
Realistically, all solvers will get stuck from time to time. Suggested hints are included in the answer key. We first recommend solvers try it for a while before asking for hints. They may talk to a partner, take a break and come back to it, or do a little research to help them find answers. It’s ok to be frustrated and positive encouragement keeps it fun to struggle through to an aha moment.
When do I make activities available?
Early finishers are excellent solvers. For students that have shown mastery and/or aren’t challenged with the standard curriculum. For students that think “math is boring” or “this work is too easy for me.” For a student who doesn’t think math is fun and assumes solving would be too hard for them.
Can solvers research information?
Answers that are discovered are more meaningful than answers that are given to you. We encourage solvers to think through problems without looking up answers, especially the problems that involve thinking - not facts.
Can solvers ask for help?
They should be willing to struggle on their own first. Encourage solvers to use resources for help, but not for answers! If they need to find specific facts like names or dates in history, we suggest they confer with others before looking up information.
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