Before the Game:
- Explore strategies for using the calculator as a means of guess and check. Eg input the algorithm then pause for a moment and guess or work out the answer. What might be the next step?
- If a ‘need to work on’ list has been made from previously playing this game, have the students list some achievable goals e.g. today I will master 6x10, 10x6, 5x4 and 4x5.
During the Game:
- Help the students use the calculator as a tool for learning as opposed to a crutch to lean on.
- Have students record a list algorithms they have identified through playing the game they ‘need to work on’.
After the Game:
- Reflect on how tempting it is to just let the calculator do the work.
- Discuss personal feelings around using the calculator as a learning tool.
- Have students reflect on weather or not their goals were achieved / were realistic / not challenging enough.
- When students write their next goals they need to consider their answers to the above questions.
- What strategies have you discovered that help you do well in this game?
Math Journal Possibilities:
- At the beginning of the game I thought _____________ but after a while I realised __________
- Today in Math I was stuck on ________________ so I _____________________.
- During Math today I felt ___________ because ___________.
- Today in Math I was confused by _______________ so I _________________ to help me understand.