Would You Rather... - Math Coach's Corner

Would You Rather…

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

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.


If you use it in your classroom, please drop a comment below or, better yet, take some pictures and tag me in a tweet!

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.


  1. solimar

    thank you for would you rather it helped me with math

  2. Kim

    Great activity

  3. Kim

    This activity sounds great

  4. Kendall

    I am having trouble accessing the website as well. I get a suspended message.

    • Donna Boucher

      Yes, unfortunately, the site was hacked. He’s trying to sort it out.

  5. Adam Durr

    I think something has changed on the website. I was using it regularly last week, and then had similar issues today. Do you know of any way to contact the person who runs it?

    • Donna Boucher

      Yes, I just contacted him. Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Rose Mitchell

    I went to the Would you Rather Math Link and tried to download some questions but porn popped up. Just be aware.

    • Lesley Holley

      The same thing happened to me!! Oh my!!!!!

    • Donna Boucher

      Oh goodness!! Thanks for the heads up.


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