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Everyday Problematised Situations

Published 11 months ago by Ann Baker

At Natural Maths, we're big believers in the idea that, if you apply everyday situations to maths problems and make them fun, students will respond better and be able to more quickly speak mathematically, and will think mathematically with confidence.

A student named Ramon put me in the picture! Yes, I was wearing green, with a necklace just like the one in the image, and I was grumpy in the story I told to stimulate their problem solving.

Everyday Problems

The problem that I gave the Reception/Foundation students was that:
I was feeling a little grumpy because there was not enough afternoon tea left for me at yesterday's staff meeting...

There were eight cup cakes, six custard slices and 12 chocolate chip cookies.
How many treats did the teachers have altogether?
I want to know because I'd like to make sure there will be enough to eat next time!

They had great fun working this out!

And as always - I added the Sting in the tail...

I wasn't the only one who missed out on morning tea...there were 32 teachers. How many more cakes did they need altogether?

What strategies will your students use to solve the problem?
Ask them to share their thinking.
Reflect and keep a maths journal.

Want to know more about problematised situations? Want to be able to intentionally create your own to achieve the outcomes your students (and curriculum) require?
Check out our online Problematised Situations course here.

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