Dos and Don’ts of Math Trails

• Organize teams strategically for collaborative problem solving

• Ensure realistic walking time

• Keep required tools to a minimum

• Ditch the text book: craft open-ended questions unique to the environment

• Make it fun and relevant

• Allow students to work at their own pace

• Provide space on trail guide for students to explain, compute and sketch

• Encourage kids to use their bodies (step length, arm span, hand span) to estimate

• Plan time for discussion, reflection and extension

• Avoid too much time in one spot

• Avoid far distances between trail stops

• Avoid boring settings

• Avoid crowded and unsafe locations

• Avoid all single solution and closed-end questions

• Avoid redundancy in question types and formats