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What makes a math task worthwhile? Revising ordinary math problems to maximize student learning

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Most traditional math problems are structured to elicit a correct answer as opposed to growing students’ understanding. This module will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to recognize the qualities of worthwhile tasks and transform ordinary math problems into powerful learning opportunities. In this session, you will: Engage in doing math together. Learn about the characteristics that define worthwhile instructional math tasks. Learn five ways to revise an ordinary math problem to make it more worthwhile. Practice revising ordinary math problems to make them more worthwhile and provide feedback to group members on their revision ideas. Make a plan for when you’ll try out your newly worthwhile problem in your classroom. Special Materials: You need: - A math problem you are planning on using with your class this week. - A copy of the document "Five ways to make an ordinary math problem more worthwhile"
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