Adding creative thinking to math lessons was a challenge for Lana Gundy, a fourth-grade teacher in Illinois. In this commentary, the initially skeptical Gundy writes that she asked her students when 1 + 1 would equal 24 and other creative problem-solving questions. In this case, 1 equals 1 dozen eggs, for a total of 24 eggs. Among the benefits to taking such an approach are, she writes, improved argumentation, improved assessment and the ability to allow students to work at their own level.

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