So, just how much pasta could I cook in an Olympic-sized pool?
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 Marshmallow Challenge
A fantastic fuzzy problem to start the year. Students use pasta and tape to try to get a marshmallow up as high as possible.
The Coloring Problem
How few colors can you use to fill in a map so that no neighboring regions are the same color?
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.
Use a two-dimensional scatter plot to dig into the nuances of several synonyms.