I recently found a great pin on Pinterest about how some teachers got their students to come up with different ways to write expressions. I loved the idea, so I made my own!
For each category I have created a number expression to show my age, the number of brothers I have, the year I graduated college, etc. This is posted up on my wall in my ‘classroom’ for all to see! I don’t want my students to simply solve the problems. I want them to solve it and then write another expression that would yield the same answer! For example, my age: a student could write the expression: “30+5” or “5²+10” depending on their level and knowledge of math skills.
I just put this up yesterday, so I’m excited to report back later on with an updated picture of my students’ responses!