Regents Recap — June 2013: Writing ‘Engaging’ Questions
Here is another installment in my series reviewing the NY State Regents exams in mathematics.
An all-too-common pastime among math teachers is laughing at the absurd, contrived contexts employed by textbook and exam writers to make problems real-world and engaging. Here are two examples from the June 2013 New York math Regents exams.
Years ago, thinking of the triangle as a garden or corral was enough to make finding its area sufficiently real-world. But I guess now it needs to be kicked-up a notch, say, by taking it to the Australian Outback!
Here’s another classic example.