Using KenKen puzzles as a tool to foster and grow logic, math, and problem solving skills

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Akamai in Honolulu, Hawaii

68 months ago

Is anyone here using KenKen puzzles as a tool to foster and grow logic, math, and problem solving skills?

According to Wikipedia, KenKen is logic and math puzzle developed by a Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto.
>>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KenKen

Mr. Bill Lombard, a high school math teacher at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, California, uses these puzzles and experienced much success with his students.
>>www.mrlsmath.com/website-resource/kenken-a-classroom-champ-student-stories-and-web-kendoku/

Where to find KenKen games
>>www.webkendoku.com
>>www.kenken.com

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crawling in Netherlands

66 months ago

You can also play ken ken on facebook apps.facebook.com/kenkenpuzzles/

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mathmojo in Oneonta, New York

63 months ago

KenKen is a brilliant resource for fostering numeracy. Please do yourself a favor and never give grades for Kenken (unless for "extra credit"). Standardization and grading could ruin a wet dream, imagine what they could do to a fun math resource!

KenKen is easy to learn, but hard to "master" (if that's even possible).

There are so many people who never strive for a higher level of play than they are at, for various reasons. One of them is that if you're not in some sort of community that can help you along (like a forum, or a convention), there isn't much opportunity to see advanced play as it as done.

To help remedy that, I've created about 30 videos than anyone can view at mathmojo.com/kenken, which walk you through a 9x9 KenKen without operations signs.

The series is not made to be an ultimate kind of course, though. They are basically to be a "hand-holding" for people who are not sure if they could tackle something like that. You know that old phenomenon - you might know all the mechanics of doing something, but until you see it done, step-by-step, you may lack the confidence of tackling one yourself.

I was hoping that once people see that most "hard" kenken need not really be that hard, once you break them down, they will feel a little more able of working on them along.

KenKen can be addictive. I think, as a teacher, you will see wonderful results, especially from some of the students who used to "hate math."

Have fun, and go figure....

Brian (a.k.a. Professor Homunculus at MathMojo.com )

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kenkenfan in Bahrain

62 months ago

Try Equator (kenken lookalike) at ihsan.biz

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