First, I just love the question. Second: theorize! What happened to this student? What are some good signs in the student’s work?

Thanks to Bree  for the submission.

Also: I categorized this under “Standards for Mathematical Practice.” Does anyone have another CCSS standard that fits this problem and work?

This one is fun. It comes from a lesson on problem-solving strategies where the focus was on sniffing around for patterns.

This is a great snapshot of student thinking. Here are some questions to start thinking about:

  • Is it a mistake?
  • Let’s say you want students to focus on a different pattern. How might you modify the problem?
  • What general lessons about teaching can you glean from this student work?

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