I used a Depth and Complexity Frame like this with my math students. Let’s look at how we could improve this. Some problems: It asks four unrelated questions. I want to build a sequence of questions that climbs Bloom’s Taxonomy. Most of the questions are naturally answered with “yes” or “no” or a list. Questions […]

# Content Area: Math

## Updating Old Questions: Addition With Missing Pieces

How can I go beyond asking 20 variations of 622 + 77 = ___?

## Updating Old Questions: A math question that’s TOO high level?!

What happens when we ask a math level that scares off 83% of our students? Don’t *lower* the ceiling! Lower the *floor* through scaffolding.

## A Math Question That Moves Around on Bloom’s

I was aiming for engagement rather than higher-level thinking.

## Healthy Donuts!? Framing a Math Project with a Big Idea

Instead of jumping straight to calculations, what if we framed this math concept with a big idea?

## High Level Thinking in Math

When differentiating for my most brilliant mathematicians, there are two traps I fell into: Just making it harder. (Use more numbers or more steps.) Turning it into an art project. (Design a bedroom!) On Bloom’s Taxonomy, my math tasks always maxed out at Apply or would leap away to a fluffy creative task. I think […]

## Strategy Game: Sprouts

With Sprouts, students draw a small set of dots and then connect those dots with lines. The first person who can’t make a connection loses.

## Math Game: Heaps

Heaps is a lovely math-y strategy game that requires no more than paper and pencil to play.

## Just How Much Pasta Could I Cook…

So, just how much pasta could I cook in an Olympic-sized pool?

## Which is longer: a Ray or a Line?

Let’s move beyond memorizing definitions and get kids grappling with the fascinating concept of infinity!