The Pizza Problem: A Solution with Sequences
Kathryn Shafer, Caleb Mast
October 2008, Volume 14, Issue 3, Page 176
Focus on the issues of coaching and assessing. A preservice middle school teacher's unique solution to the Pizza Problem was not what the professor expected. The student's solution strategy, based on sequences and a reinvention of Pascal’s triangle, is explained in detail. Both the teacher and student are involved in a meaningful dialogue to uncover the mathematics "behind a mess."
Permutations / Combinations / Counting Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing