Criteria for CAMI Math Problems

  • Fun
  • Non-routine problems that are different from typical problems and favor conceptual understanding over procedural understanding
  • Open-ended, expansive problems
  • Multiple entry points
  • Problems that can be approached in different ways and which have multiple solution strategies
  • Problems with a low entry/high ceiling
  • Challenging, but attenuated
  • Problems that support productive struggle and critical thinking
  • Problems that are challenging for us, but can also be used in class with our students

What makes a good problem?

In this webinar, Math Teachers’ Circle leaders talked about what makes a good problem. Additional resources from the webinar can be found here – What Makes a Good Problem?

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