For this week’s #clmooc make cycle, I am going to pace myself to enjoy the iterative process.

KenKen is my personal obsession, meditation, preoccupation, doodle, and brain sharpening tool. I use it in my problem-solving programs to support growth mindset, iteration, deductive reasoning, and the process of rule-making.

For this iteration, I am going to provide the current state of the rules of KenKen in my paraphrase.

- One cannot repeat a digit in any column or row.
- Each row must use as many digits as there are columns and each column must use as many digits as there are rows.
- Within each dark border box, is a result and its operation. For example, “4-” within a two box section asks that you find two digits that subtract to make 4. A possible answer is 5-1. In the boxes, the order doesn’t matter. It can be 5,1 or 1,5 in either order.

The “Mr. Gelston” process is to integrate into rule-making.

- Look for repeatable patterns. Does it work in at least three other places?
- Can we make a rule that we can use later?
- Write down the rule to save it for later.
- Look for similar situations to apply the rules.
- Does the rule still work?

I am excited about this process. I wasn’t sure about how I was going to introduce this game/process in a connected learning environment. I would really appreciate lots of input – please!

Let the games begin!