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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