Tarsia Puzzles

With the free Formulator Tarsia software from Hermitech Laboratory, (you can download the software and see more information by following the link) it is possible to create Tarsia puzzle types

puzzles of various types. These work well with students of any age. Most of the published resources seem to be for students age 11 to 18 but as it is possible to create puzzles, teachers of younger students could create puzzles suitable for their classes.

Note that as well as downloading the application it is possible to download selections of puzzles from Craig Barton and from Bryan Dye. Craig also has a section of his website devoted to Tarsia – note all the ideas here for using Tarsia in the classroom.

TES Resources host an extensive collection of Tarsia Puzzles. Note that the search can be narrowed to Mathematics and further to your chosen age range, eg Post 16

10 comments on “Tarsia Puzzles

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  2. I use Tarsia activities with the groups I teach including the Further Maths groups (17/18 year olds). I find its an excellent way of differentiating tasks so that they are accessible to all students in a group.

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  4. Hi Colleen,

    I’ve used the Tarsia program to make a few puzzles for my class since I saw the link on your blog and 1/2 others. Thanks so much for the link.


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    • It’s a great program Simon, glad you have found it useful. It’s one of those resources I use with all classes, it’s good for the older students (17-18) as well as the younger ones. There are some good puzzles for trig identities for example.


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  6. The students in my classes have different characteristics. I teach math for five class in the junior and senior high school. it may be better to use the quiz for the class that is applicable with constructivist learning approach… I usually use realistic approach for teaching in the cluss.

    Any way, great blog! Can I link your blog.. ?


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