### What Is A Rich Task and What’s The Point?

Definitions of a rich task can get rather technical and annoying. Let’s make it simple because it should be. A rich task is a lesson, activity, or task in math that takes a student beyond the old mundane math practices. Most people consider the old math practices things like taking notes, practice problems, worksheets, bookwork,…

This is a discovery rich task that leads students to discovering the general formula for the volume or a rectangular prism, triangular prism, and cylinder: V = Bh (volume = area of the base times the height).

### Classroom Management is King

My first year in the classroom I had a lot of fantastic ideas. I had an undeniable energy, will, and desire to ensure my students learned everything I could muster to teach them. It was going to be a good year. I was ready. My first year of teaching was one of the worst years…

This is a great rotational symmetry rich task that comes with manipulatives that you can print out and use to give your students a visual and tactile approach to help learn a concept that is very difficult for many students who are not visual.

### Reflection For Future Preparation

If you are a teacher who gets the summer off then I hope you enjoy the break, but do not forget about what awaits you in 2-3 months time. School will start again. Every year when I return to school the week before it starts I am always surprised by how many of my teaching…

### Winning A Game With Probability

7.SP.5,6,7,8 In this lesson students will play a game with dice and examine the probability to discover a strategy that gives them the best chance of winning.

### Bar Graphing An Inquiry

In this lesson students will ask questions and answer questions about stuff they care about and then summarize their data in a single or double bar graph.

### Discovering Pi

7.G.4 In this lesson students will use personal objects to discover where the number Pi is actually derived from.

### Symmetrical Beauty

In this lesson students use line symmetry to mathematically determine how symmetrical a celebrity’s face is and possibly to see if math can help us define beauty.

### Shopping Stacked Discounts

7.RP.3 In this lesson students “shop” for items and discover why stores often only let you take an additional discount off the sale price and not the original price.