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Will See lots of Use in My Classroom
on June 27, 2011
When I was in middle school, I stumbled upon Dr. Martin Gardner's "Dr. Matrix" series of columns in Scientific American and became addicted, for a time, to puzzles. They are a great way to sharpen reasoning and ultimately, to teach formal logic, skills which are sadly lacking in public discourse today. This collection of puzzles from the Grabarchuk family offers a good selection (from moderately easy to difficult) of conundrums to help focus your thinking.
I received this collection shortly after I came down from climbing Mt. Shasta. Since then I have spent my days hiking and my evenings solving puzzles from this little e book. Each puzzle includes a solution and explanation, so you can immediately check your reasoning. I find I've enjoyed revisiting my early love of puzzles and this evening, it occurred to me that this book could serve a valuable purpose in my classroom. Every math teacher is blessed (or cursed, as the case may be) with students who quickly finish assignments. This puzzle collection, organized as it is from easy to difficult, is ideal for introducing middle school students to some of the logic that lies behind the math they study. So, while I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys logic puzzles, I think educators in particular will find it of value.