Middle Years Problems - 1999
During the middle years mathematics methods class (EMTH 215-030) in the of Winter 1999 at the University of Regina, 30 students
worked in small groups gathering data on their group members, and then each group developed a story context that
was meaningful to them. Within this context they creating a problem, which represented a real-world situation
and addressed Saskatchewan middle years mathematics content. Each problem was given to other groups to solve, each
group solving at least two other problems. The "solving" groups provided feedback to the problem creators,
and the "creators" then altered their problem according to the feedback they received. - What type of problem was it? (e.g., process, translation, application, puzzle, . . . )
- Was sufficient information provided to solve the problem?
- Could the problem be solved in more than one way?
- Was there misleading or deliberate irrelevant information provided? What did you do with this information?
- Was this an interesting problem to solve?
- Did you enjoy trying to solve this problem? Why or why not?
- Did you successfully solve the problem? Did you solve it more than one way?
- Comment on the problem's creativity.
- Comment on how well you worked as a group in solving the problem.
- Can you offer suggestions to improve the wording of the problem to make it easier/harder/more interesting,
etc.?
We ask you the teachers, and, in turn, your students, to work through the following problems and address the
above ten items. We, the students of EMTH 215, section 30, would like your feedback on our problems. We would also
like to provide you with feedback on your strategies and solutions. We will write back to you or we will e-mail
you to give you feedback on how you solved our problems.
Carlie Brentnell, Kelly Quinney, Kendra Struble
Ruth van Mossel Adema, Helen Molloy, Sherry Sunderland
Grade Level: Grades 8, 9 and higher level grade 7
Joel Christopherson, Shannon Silverthorn, Jodie Wykes, Maria Makris
Grade Level: Grade 7
Donna Frowen, Melanie Mott, Christine Halbgewachs, Stephanie Wurm
Grade Level: Grade eight/nine
Lesley Boulanger, Erica Goode, Lisa Mohr, Shalyn Sitter
Grade Level: Grades 7-9
Andrea Leier, Patrice Klein, Frances Nederhoff, Jenn Mc Ewan
Grade Level: 7 or 8
Carrie Hopson, Mike Knoll, Lynell Ruecker, Corey Willms
Corey, Mike, Carrie and Lynell all want to be teachers. Corey wants to teach Grade 8, Mike wants to teach Grade
6, Lynell wants to teach Grade 7, and Carrie wants to teach Grade 9.
Larry (James) Fuchs, Larry Penner, Jodie Hanson, Shauna Dombowsky
Grade Level: Grade 8 |

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