## The real work of mathematicians

Mathematicians in Room 123 often solve real-world problems. They might figure out how many books they can get with $20 to spend or how many students will be at each table when we get our new one.

But they also engage in the real work that mathematicians do. They wonder about numbers and operations, notice patterns, and use models to prove why the patterns work. This type of work expands students’ understanding of what mathematics is. It also lays a foundation for algebraic reasoning and proof.

Take a look at mathematicians engaged in this real work!

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