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Problem Solving, Spider and the Fly

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 | 2 Comments

How would use this in your classroom (the problem, not the video)?

I'm keen to read your input. I'm keen to learn.

I need to do a better job of integrating problem-solving into my lessons, I have a largish audience for this blog with vast amounts of experience - what better way than to learn together?

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Meagan Rodda on  18 November 14  at  06:53 AM #
I love this problem. I use it as an assessment task for Pythagoras. We first work out all of the different nets, then fold them and mark the spider and fly and then use Pythagoras to work out the shortest path. The result always surprises the kids. I get them to describe their method of solving and their conclusions.


Simon Job on  18 November 14  at  09:11 AM #
Did you give them specific instructions or just consider the different nets as a class discussion/activity? Did you ask them to present their results in a specific way?

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