Tanglers, Too! will help your students develop problem-solving skills while developing their ability to work cooperatively. In addition to enhancing reading comprehension, Tanglers help reduce teacher-dependent behavior by teaching students to rely on their own abilities and understandings as well as those of their classmates. What is a Tangler? Many of the Tanglers are logic problems, and some are math word problems. Clues to the answer are on cards that are distributed to the group of 3 6 students. No one student has eugh information to solve the puzzle alone. Students must share their information and work cooperatively to reach a solution.
Paul Fleisher, M.Ed., teaches gifted sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in the Richmond, Virginia public schools. He conducts many workshops on topics ranging from teaching through games to cooperative-learning techniques.