Going with the Flow: Challenging Students to Make Assumptions

  • Going with the Flow: Challenging Students to Make Assumptions

    Mathew D. Felton, Cynthia O. Anhalt, and Ricardo Cortez
    Future middle school teachers tested the waters of modeling in the classroom with a bath versus shower water conservation problem.
    Many current and future teachers have little experience with modeling and how to integrate it into their teaching. However, with the introduction of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and its emphasis on mathematical modeling in all grades (CCSSI 2010), this integration has become paramount. Therefore, middle-grades teachers must work to lay the groundwork for modeling, which must then continue into high school.