How math puzzles motivate students, improve learning

07/7/2013 | Edutopia.org

Sudoku, OkiDoku, KENKEN and other math puzzles challenge children and adults around the world every day, and these brain teasers can also be used to reinforce math skills in schools, according to Deepak Kulkarni, a scientist who teaches creative math problem-solving. "In my classes, I teach math problem solving in the context of puzzles, letting students practice their skills with puzzles and finally encouraging them to ensure their mastery by applying their skills in other math word problems," he writes. "I have found that students in my class show remarkable improvement in their math problem-solving and learning abilities."

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