In this follow-up activity to “Teacher for a Day: Defining a Definition”, students are given a problem related to definitions that they must solve. At the beginning of this activity, the instructor shows students an example problem and discusses how to analyze the problem. Students then work on a new problem. They begin by individually solving the problem. Once everyone has a possible solution written down, students get into pairs or groups in which they share, discuss and modify their answers (based on group discussion and/or consensus). Once groups have finalized their answers, they share their answers with the entire class. The class and instructor discuss the different answers presented and students once again can modify their individual answers to the problem.
Students practice problem-solving individually as well as in groups. This helps to improve their critical thinking skills, debate skills (group discussion) and knowledge assimilation (presented with different solutions to a problem and must evaluate which solution is most correct).
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