teachers working on math problem

These teachers attended, ‘Ambitious Teaching’ a Math-in-Real-Life Cohort meeting.

In the photo they are working on a geometry assignment; trying to fold a square piece of paper and cut out polygons with a single cut. It actually involves a mathematical theorem that says every pattern (plane graph) of straight-line cuts can be made by folding and using one complete straight cut.

Teachers were feeling the disequilibrium that their students experience when they don’t understand how to solve a problem easily.