Mathematical Problem Solving
The T Puzzle

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* Using the above pieces you must create a CAPITAL LETTER 'T' with no jagged bits,. no gaps, no overlaps, no bumpy bits.
* the solution must be all one colour.
* I use this on my first day with any class. It will show you those with gritty determination but most importantly point out the 'learned helpless' among the group.
* get the kids to initial all their pieces so if you lose one... you know the drill.
* have the students store their pieces in an envelope.
* discuss and demonstrate the problem solving strategy of 'constant manipulation'
* make some of the puzzles from wood to begin your problem solving collection that you will use for years to come.