Last week I wrote about making math accessible to teachers, and I featured a routine called Would You Rather Math. The website was developed by John Stevens, an instructional coach from California. He is the author of Table Talk Math and co-author of The Classroom Chef. If you are not familiar with the website, then I am happy to be the one to introduce you to it. There are posts appropriate for grades K-12th. Each post presents students with two choices (hence the would you rather name). Whichever option a student chooses, he must justify his reasoning with mathematics. It’s a great way to incorporate the mathematical practices into your instructional routine.
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Now let me warn you, once you start doing Would You Rather problems with your students, you start down a slippery slope! Trust me, you will begin to see Would You Rather Math everywhere. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from school today to buy some Easter treats. I got way sidetracked analyzing all the various options for Reese’s eggs! People probably thought I was crazy when I started staging and taking photographs. So tonight I present to you my Easter themed Would You Rather.
And finally, the bank of problems continues to grow because teachers contribute their own problems to John. I’m sending this one his way now.