Algorithms typically route us completely around opportunities for deeper thinking. However, in this post, we see that using icons to represent a variety of strategies produces an opportunity to richly compare and contrast strategies, including an algorithm, to see what we can learn. This post features 10 questions that can be used in this scenario to promote deep thinking. And it all begins with a very average algorithm.
Other Posts in “This is Not Your Average Blog Series” (NYABS)
Touring KenKen – If you haven’t tried this powerful number sense-building game yet, this tour is well worth your time!
16 Misconceptions – 16 pictures of student thinking provide prime examples of how we can wonder deeply about student thinking and potential misconceptions, and the insights that they provide.
The Animated Multiplication Table – This post has now been visited over 7,500 times! Feel free to visit and download the interactive multiplication table. The video is filled with insights and ideas that are immediately applicable in your classroom.
8 Animated Dots and 1 Powerful Question – This post features a wide ranging shift in perspectives as you see how 1 simple pattern can be perceived many different ways by students and teachers! The concept is very invitational, causing students to seek out multiple perspectives within a simple arrangement of dots.