# Open-ended Math for Young Learners

How many times have you heard the phrase “I hate math”?  Math is so much more than answering sets and sets of equations on a worksheet or textbook.  Math is explaining, reasoning, questioning, analyzing and reflecting.  Math is creative and math should be fun.

Open-ended math problems are a great way to get students actively engaged in math in a safe, “non-threatening” way since these questions have more than one possible answer. They allow students to problem solve, analyze, reason, question, reflect and opens a window into understanding their mathematical thinking. This course is geared towards teachers of students in grades K-2, but can easily be adapted to older students as well. Join me and I will provide you with excellent, easy to implement open- ended math ideas, guaranteed to get your students enjoying and actively talking about math.

#### About the Instructor

Melissa Clarke has been teaching for over 15 years and is currently teaching 1st grade in Ontario, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Melissa strives to offer children an environment that is safe, warm, positive, inclusive, and supports children’s natural curiosity and exploration. She uses open-ended math in her classroom to get students to problem solve, reason, question, reflect, and get creative with math.

### Overview

1
“I hate math!”
00:44

Melissa dives into the problem that she's hoping to help you tackle.

2
The Solution
00:47

Melissa details why open-ended math questions are beneficial.

### The Process

1
Same But Different
01:49

Melissa describes a type of open-ended math question called "same but different."

2
Which One Doesn’t Belong?
02:12

Melissa describes a type of open-ended math question called "which one doesn't belong?"

3
Fix It Cards
01:29

Melissa describes a type of open-ended math problem called "Fix-It Cards."

4
Open-Ended Word Problems
02:40

Melissa details the benefits of "Open-ended Word Problems."

5
Outcome
01:10

Melissa talks about expected outcomes.

6
Tips
03:31

Tips for implementing your open-ended math questions.

### Supplementary Information

1
Closing
00:43

Melissa wraps the course up with some advice and additional materials.

2
Additional Materials

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Enrolled: 1 student
Duration: 15 mins
Chapters: 10