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The name of the game on Friday during Math is Perseverance. Our Problem Solving Friday's are a time when we challenge our problem solving skills with Math puzzles. These puzzles are conceptually within reach (not asking them to do long division), however are far from easy.
"Fall down 6 times, get up 7!"
I try to emphasize that this is a fun challenge, meant to stretch our thinking and where we can learn from our mistakes without worry. Above are our Math Fix-Up Tools, the first and most important being: engage in positive self-talk. Going right along with our growth mindset thinking, the most important thing when approaching a difficult problem is having the right mindset. Too often on Friday I heard the words "too hard" or "I can't do this" and it made me so very sad. I am ok with not reaching a final answer as long as we tried our best and learned from our mistakes.
Bar models also lead into algebra and understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction! I am excited at making what seems like a complicated subject (algebra) and presenting it in a way they can understand and see!