Advice for Teachers Just Starting Out
Here are some recommendations for puzzles in a classroom setting.
1. The diagonal burr, the star, and another puzzle like the seven wood
puzzle that uses the same type of piece alignment but has a different
2. A set of
Kumiki Puzzles that demonstrate the various key pieces.
3. Packing puzzles of various difficulties. (Start with the basic
diabolical cube packed in a box, then a more difficult, etc...)
4. Letter dissections and impossible objects. (Letter dissections you
put together - many grade levels understand what a Capital H is so it
can be used 1-8 grade / impossible objects are not a put together but
rather, how do you think they put these together?)
I would also mention that in 1997 I received the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics Education for the State of North Dakota, and
in my narrative I had stated that puzzles and the use of puzzles to
develop problem solving was a huge part of my classroom. I guess that
would have contributed to my success.