After great enthusiasm and success with the first noncurricular thinking task on the first two days of school, I turned to choosing a second such task.
As a reminder, in Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Peter Liljedahl recommends using "highly engaging noncurricular" thinking tasks for 35 days to transition the students into becoming thinkers. In particular, Liljedahl offers teachers three particular categories of noncurricular thinking tasks that he has found to be particularly effective at helping students transition into thinking: card tricks, numeracy tasks, and "good problems." I chose a card trick for my first task because I thought it sounded naturally engaging (and it was!). I chose a numeracy task for the second task because I thought those didn't look very engaging and I wanted to fight through one early to get a gauge of their value moving forward.
I was skeptical that the task would hold their interest, and WOW was I wrong! In addition to doling out the budgeted money, they were including nonmathematical factors like...
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