Getting Students to Draw the Problem
Posted September 1, 2009on:
I’ve always found it challenging to get students to draw the problems. I don’t understand their reluctance, I can’t imagine trying to keep the facts in my head, yet so many of them do just that. The result is that they miss details and make mistakes.
Today I saw a simple problem that I thought I would use as an introduction to drawing problems. The simple word problem says:
[Updated as used in class] There is a triangularly shaped park with trees along the edge. There is a tree at each vertex. Each side has five trees. How many trees are there all together?
Very simple problem if you just draw it. The answer is not 15.