# Creating Open Problems. Bruce Williams

Open Ended Questions

Why are they important?

How do I create “good” questions?

How do I use open questions in my classroom?

How do I assess student work?

Open Ended Questions

Examples:

Multiply 7 x 8

Made into a Closed Real problem.

I went to the zoo yesterday and saw 7 cages with 8 birds in each.

How many birds were there in total?

I went to the zoo yesterday and saw cages with birds. There were 8 birds in each cage. How many birds might there have been in total? (Extension: Draw a picture showing your answer).

Divide 2 into 24

Made into a Closed Real problem.

I want to share \$24 equally between two people. How much money do they each get? ?

I want to share \$24 equally among my friends. How much does each person receive?

Subtract 35 from 64

I had 64 eggs and 35 of them hatched. How many have not hatched yet?

I had 64 eggs and some of them hatched. How many may not have hatched yet if just over half have hatched?

What is ½ of 12