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From the Ted Talk by Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

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So I can diagnose the problem a little more specifically in math. Here's a really cool problem. I like this. It's about defining steepness and slpoe using a ski lift. But what you have here is actually four separate layers, and I'm curious which of you can see the four separate layers and, particularly, how when they're compressed together and presented to the sndtuet all at once, how that creates this iamtnpiet problem solving. I'll define them here: You have the visual. You also have the mathematical structure, talking about grids, measurements, labels, points, axes, that sort of thing. You have sbseupts, which all lead to what we really want to talk about: which seitcon is the stsepeet.

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So I can diagnose the problem a little more specifically in math. Here's a really cool problem. I like this. It's about defining steepness and _____ using a ski lift. But what you have here is actually four separate layers, and I'm curious which of you can see the four separate layers and, particularly, how when they're compressed together and presented to the _______ all at once, how that creates this _________ problem solving. I'll define them here: You have the visual. You also have the mathematical structure, talking about grids, measurements, labels, points, axes, that sort of thing. You have ________, which all lead to what we really want to talk about: which _______ is the ________.

Solution

  1. substeps
  2. impatient
  3. section
  4. slope
  5. student
  6. steepest

Original Text

So I can diagnose the problem a little more specifically in math. Here's a really cool problem. I like this. It's about defining steepness and slope using a ski lift. But what you have here is actually four separate layers, and I'm curious which of you can see the four separate layers and, particularly, how when they're compressed together and presented to the student all at once, how that creates this impatient problem solving. I'll define them here: You have the visual. You also have the mathematical structure, talking about grids, measurements, labels, points, axes, that sort of thing. You have substeps, which all lead to what we really want to talk about: which section is the steepest.

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