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”

## The Coloring Problem

How *few* colors can you use to fill in a map so that no neighboring regions are the same color?

## Words Within Words

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…

## Which One Is Not Like The Others

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.

## Synonym Graphs

Use a two-dimensional scatter plot to dig into the nuances of several synonyms.

## Creating Seemingly Unrelated Analogies

Want to encourage students to find unexpected connections across content? Here’s a quick framework based on the most important terms from both bits of content.

## Puzzle: Word Pyramids

A fun, abstract vocab puzzle in which students can add one letter per line, forming a pyramid of words.

## Phrases to Open Up a Discussion (Lunar Survival Skills Part 2)

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.

## What Could You Do With This Pancake Flipping Robot?

I love videos of robots messing up tasks. This one in particular struck a chord, because we get to see the robot learn from his mistakes. Let’s have students write him some advice…

## Academic Love Letters

We’re going to take the Academic Valentine idea from earlier, and extend it into a full blown love letter – just in time for Valentine’s Day!