
05668596
j
2010c.00570
Wanko, Jeffrey J.
Japanese logic puzzles and proof.
Math. Teach. (Reston) 103, No. 4, 266271 (2009).
2009
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
U62
C32
E42
puzzles
educational games
grade 5
educational experience
learning readiness
prior learning
problem solving
individual development
logical thinking
thinking skills
holistic approach
strategic planning
Summary: An understanding of proof does not start in a high school geometry course. Rather, attention to logical reasoning throughout a student's school experience can help the development of proof readiness. In the spirit of problem solving, the author has begun to use some Japanese logic puzzles other than sudoku to help students develop additional problemsolving strategies while practicing deductive reasoning. When students are confronted with a logic puzzle for which they have not yet developed strategies for finding a solution, they are forced to put their deductive thinking skills into practice. In this article, the author highlights a few of the puzzle types that are less well known (at least in the United States) and the proofreadiness skills they help develop. He concludes that when students learn to provide deductive arguments for their puzzlesolving strategies, they are laying the foundation for good mathematical practicesin proofs and beyond. (Contains 8 figures and 5 online resources.) (ERIC)