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Unit 4: Modeling and Using Tools (MP4 and MP5)

4.2.4 Students Making Sense of a Problem

Time to View

View the video below of a middle school teacher engaging her students in a problem that requires them to model with mathematics.

As you watch, consider the following:

  • How did students apply the mathematics they knew to solve the problem?
  • How comfortable did students appear to be in making assumptions and approximations to simplify the problem?
  • How did the students interpret their results in the context of the problem?


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Time to Reflect

In your Metacognitive Journal, reflect on what made sense of the problem the students were solving and discuss how they made adjustments to their models.



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