iSolveIt Puzzle Features

How does iSolveIt support reasoning?

The iSolveIt puzzles are carefully leveled to support students’ reasoning. If puzzles are too easy, they can be done with little thought. Puzzles that are too difficult will result in random guessing or faulty logic, if they are attempted at all. Students develop reasoning skills when they solve puzzles that are appropriately challenging. The iSolveIt puzzles are carefully leveled to support students’ development of reasoning. Also, as reasoning skills depend on working memory to keep relevant information at hand, the puzzles include supports for working memory.

iSolveIt Puzzle Features

All iSolveIt puzzles are designed with the following features:

  • The puzzle sets do not connect to any specific content in the math curriculum, so they can be used throughout a yearlong curriculum.
  • There are several different ways to solve the puzzles, and many puzzles have more than one solution.
  • Each puzzle format has multiple levels of complexity. Students can select puzzles that they find challenging and do not have to follow any specific path through the puzzle set.
  • Each puzzle format has the potential for unlimited puzzles at different levels of difficulty, and puzzles also can be solved multiple times. This ensures that the puzzles can easily be used throughout the school year.
  • All puzzle formats include embedded supports designed for the specific format and based on the principles of UDL. The supports will aid reasoning skills but do not reveal the solution.
  • In the research version of iSolveIt preliminary analytics are supported through a back end database that tracks every move made by the student. The database will be used to analyze how learners approach solving puzzles, including observations such as what supports they use and how this changes over time, what levels of puzzles they select, errors they make and how they are corrected, the amount of time for entering individual responses as well as the total time to complete, and any pauses that may indicate reflection and what actions occur after.