Standards for Mathematical Practice

Pascal’s Triangle and Pattern Finding

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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