I am currently researching some good content/problems to teach my students. I am referring to Mensa's Book on Logical thinking, which has a good amount of puzzles for all age groups. Is there any other site I should refer to? And what are your suggestions on teaching methodology through online session?

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    $\begingroup$ Say more about how you communicate with the students and they with you and each other. "online" doesn't give a clear enough picture. $\endgroup$
    – Buffy
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ It will be my first time. I've thought of solving reasoning problems through powerpoint on zoom software. Is there any activity which children can do as a group that can enhance their problem solving skills? $\endgroup$ Commented May 13, 2020 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ There may be legal issues with Zoom around privacy with youngsters. I don't know the law in India, however. You should look into that. $\endgroup$
    – Buffy
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 18:37
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    $\begingroup$ Hi, as an 18 year old student (sorry for being here in the educators stack exchange), I can say that most children would prefer video games of physical or mental puzzles. Instead of viewing this as a bad thing, think of it as a new tool to use. Even though it might seem weird, there are a bunch of problem solving and puzzler games out there - encourage your students to play them in their free time! $\endgroup$
    – nir shahar
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @nirshahar you are welcome: we sometimes have "how do I teach my-self ...?" questions, so definitely not just for teachers. We are about teaching and learning. And getting feedback from the students is very helpful. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:10

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I would go back through old copies of GAMES magazine (libraries may have a stash somewhere). They go the whole way back to something like 1977 and generally have lots of puzzles of various levels. Apparently they merged together with another company back a couple of years ago.


In particular, I'm thinking of some puzzles where you are given a bunch of statements about a group of people and then have to derive all the information about them from logical inferences. Generally, you'd have to lay out a diagram of some form and use that to either associate or block particular combinations until you figured everything out (much like sudoku but with logical constructions of words--this stuff predated sudoku by a long way).

As the teacher, you can "run the diagram" while the students can try to discuss the various implications of the statements.

Good luck.

(Edit: I just remembered a book I had a long time ago called "Puzzles for Pleasure" by E. R. Emmet--also a good source).


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