Visual Patterns + Error Analysis

Most of the work my students do with Visual Patterns occurs in small groups, where collaboration not only is encouraged, but often required. Today I steered things in a slightly different direction. I wanted to see what students were capable of on their own. No peer discussion. No Desmos. I was particularly interested to see whether they could write an equation to describe the relationship they see …

Visual Patterns… Now What?!

If the response to my post from Tuesday is any indication, people on the Internet Machine love Fawn Nguyen’s Visual Patterns. Let’s say you’re one of these folks, and your students are now rocking this sweet set of challenges. Now what?! Well, for one thing, don’t stop! These are rich enough problems to keep bringing them before your students. (In fact, the real fun begins when …

Visual Patterns + Desmos = Amazing!

I’ve been a fan of Fawn Nguyen’s visualpatterns.org for several years. I use resources from the website on a regular basis in my own classroom and in teacher training. The conversations are always excellent, and the emphasis on multiple-representations is a huge benefit to students wrestling with ideas in an all-too-often isolated context. (Plus, creating your own patterns is a blast!) …