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MARTIN GARDNER #3: MAZE OF MINOTAUR AND SCRAMBLED BOXTOPS

OLD BUSINESS (October 7, 2014)  Since I had forgotten my Gardner books last week, this week I began class with reading aloud his versions of the problems.  “His wording is confusing,” commented one of the kids.  (To me, his wording is remarkably clear;  I suspect that this is more a vocabulary issue.) First we revisited “A Switching Puzzle.”  The kids…

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MARTIN GARDNER #2: SWITCHING AND FOLDING

BRONX vs. BROOKLYN (UPTOWN VS. DOWNTOWN SUBWAYS) (9/30/2014)  We talked briefly about this problem from last week.  It turns out that everyone did remember and agree on its solution.  I told the kids what I had been thinking about during the week – that if there was confusion about the solution, that maybe we could draw or symbolize the passage…

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