A fantastic fuzzy problem to start the year. Students use pasta and tape to try to get a marshmallow up as high as possible.
Differentiation TechniqueFuzzy Problems
🏛️ Read The OverviewFuzzy Problems
Fuzzy Problems are, quite simply, the types of problems we face in our regular lives. Issues that have no best answer and no single path to a solution. Problems that are missing information and require best guesses. They're the kinds of problems we want our students to grapple with.
🌻 Specific Examples of “Fuzzy Problems”
How few colors can you use to fill in a map so that no neighboring regions are the same color?
So… how many words can you find that are made from the letters in the world “soldier”? There’s more than 10… more than 20… more than 50…
When we ask kids “which one is not like the others”, our cleverest students love to find ways to pick the non-obvious answer. So why not use this as a framework for pushing students deeper into our content.
Use a two-dimensional scatter plot to dig into the nuances of several synonyms.
A fun, abstract vocab puzzle in which students can add one letter per line, forming a pyramid of words.
One of my favorite open-ended, creative activities becomes even better with careful phrasing on my part. These three questions will help you be the facilitator of a discussion, rather than the authority.
In the paper, I read about Norway’s dominance of the Winter Olympics, despite being a tiny country. I love this juxtaposition of unexpected data! Let’s turn it into a math project. Here are some questions I thought of…
What kind of math project could you build based on the shrinking dimensions of seats on the Boeing 777?
In need of some nice word puzzles that will keep your gifted kids busy? Ask them to find as many words as they can within another word. For example: can you find five words made from the letters in “snowy?” How about ten?