K-12 Unsolved (13w2173)



(Princeton University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "K-12 Unsolved" workshop from to .

K-12 teachers struggle every day how to engage a large spectrum of student ability. When a grade 2 teacher starts to teach addition, she knows that the top students in her class already know how to add while the bottom students are still struggling with yesterday's ideas. How can she engage the top students without losing the bottom students? How can she engage the bottom students without boring the top students?

This workshop will help by recommending thirteen curricular unsolved problems belong in every child’s experience of mathematics. Struggling students get the practice they need, working on basic skills. Top students are inspired because the hard fun is worthy of their intellects.

See YouTube videos of unsolved problems in real classrooms: http://mathpickle.com/$1,000,000_Problems.html.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).