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Foundations 20 Introduction Tasks – Linear Inequalities and Statistical Reasoning
I’ve taught Foundations of Mathematics 20 a few times, and each time I have found myself struggling with the disconnect between topics. At times, it feels as though the course is a dumping ground for concepts students should know, but that didn’t really fit anywhere else. And I notice that students struggle to remember concepts from the beginning of the course (that we do not use again after the unit) when it comes time to prepare for the final exam.
So I decided to look for opening tasks for units that would help introduce the main topic, perhaps shake up a little prior knowledge, and create memorable experiences that I could relate to when reviewing for the final exam. Collaborating with Amanda Culver and Andrea Klassen, we came up with activities that we felt would work well. Today, I’m going to share two of my favorites with you. Continue reading