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.