Sometimes I think that we don’t challenge our students with interesting and difficult problems and projects. I also think we need to be careful on wrapping up projects in one class lesson. Giving additional days, allows students to think further about class activities, and allows them to approach each endeavor in fresh ways if they have become frustrated. Additional time also allows teacher to look over student work and make appropriate suggestions.
I have heard about “Locker Problems” but have never seen them on the internet. Perhaps because they are geared towards an older student, teachers think it will be too hard. I think that this project will be an excellent opportunity to challenge my students later in the year.
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*NOTE: This lesson was developed by Suzanne Alejandre. At the time she was a middle school mathematics and computer teacher at Frisbie Middle School in Rialto, CA. She left the classroom in 2000 to join the Math Forum staff full time. A collection of her lessons/activities can be found on the Math Forum @ Drexel site.
Credit given to the Math Forum at Drexel University for making it available on their site: http://mathforum.org.