Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Mission Impossible: Roll Out - Section 1: Roll Out Entry Document and Pairs


Why save dessert for last?


I have had a great deal of success in my classroom in regards to teaching problem solving thanks to an approach shared with me by a fellow teacher. 


Rather than saving “story problems” for the end of the unit, as was the case when most of us were in high school, I like to front-load my units with these problems and then teach the skills needed to dive into them mathematically.  Aside from creating a hook for the unit, and a reason to learn the skills, this also provides the students with a more authentic experience.  In the real world, they will likely be faced with a problem and then asked to identify and learn the skills needed to solve the problem – not visa-versa.  With this said, why save the “dessert” story problems for the end of the unit when they can be better enjoyed right at the start, when the students appetite is hungry for knowledge!

  Why save dessert for last?!
  Problem-based Approaches: Why save dessert for last?!
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Mission Impossible: Roll Out

Unit 8: Functions, Problem Solving, and 21st Century Skills
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT represent the flights of two military aircraft visually (diagrams) and algebraically (expressions and equations). SWBAT collaborate and problem solve effectively.

Big Idea: A review of D=rt and systems of equations - "Mission success criteria: When do the aircrafts depart?"

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Math, Algebra, Function Operations and Inverses, Algebra II, master teacher project
  45 minutes
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