Using Riddles and Unsolvable Problems To Encourage Oral Language and Problem Solving Skills

Here’s a great entry point for thinking, speaking and problem solving! Riddles and unsolvable problems contain clues, mysteries, and thought-provoking opportunities seen as ‘play’, but in reality they encourage complex cognitive investment. Along with developing valuable language-manipulation skills, riddles and unsolvable puzzles support higher level thinking, literacy and numeracy competencies, and promote subject-specific skills. Join us for a puzzlingly good time!

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is full.


  • Educational consultant
    Karena Hartson

    Dr. Hartson has a Masters degree in Curriculum Theory and a PhD in Teacher Leadership. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, disciplinary literacy in secondary contexts, and developing leadership capacity in large educational systems.