Engaging Students with Puzzles

National Puzzle Day is January 29th and this would be a great time to encourage students to do a crossword puzzle, number puzzle, logic puzzle, physical puzzle, or a word search. There is a lot of data indicating that solving puzzles helps develop a person’s ability to move back and forth between their left brain (logical, sequential thinking) to their right brain (creative and movement part of the brain) through the corpus callosum. Using the corpus callosum regularly helps increase problem-solving ability in all aspects of life. And, in stressful times (like COVID quarantine and virtual school) puzzles are great for stress relief.

For more information I have included some links below:

 Elementary student content:

 Content for middle/high school students:

Besides including puzzles in your teaching and time at home on January 29th, try to take a picture of yourself, your family or students doing puzzles and post them on twitter with the hashtag #Nationalpuzzle day. Also include us at #DefinedSTEM and my handle is @STEMboss.

Have fun!

About the author:
Dr. Cindy Moss is a nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform. Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. Learn more about Dr. Moss here and follow her on Twitter at @STEMboss


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