Thinking of and about patterns encourages learners to look for and understand the rules and relationships that are critical components of mathematical reasoning. Learners can then start to develop the awareness of and ability to replicate number patterns, a foundational skill for Algebraic Thinking. However, research shows that students develop deeper conceptual understanding and Mathematical Flexibility when they engage in exploration and productive failure before direct instruction.
Watch how this seventh grade teacher explores patterns and sequences with his students. Through this exploration, students are able to determine the mathematical rules to describe the pattern and sequence of the triangles, which develops their Geometric Reasoning.
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Learn how Brainquake's Wuzzit Trouble Math builds numerical patterning skills. As learners correctly identify number patterns, they are challenged with more complex problems and develop deeper Number Sense.