Observing Student Problem Solving
 Introduction | Which Group Paid More? | Problem Reflection #1 | Sharing-Division Word Problem | Problem Reflection #2 | Classroom Practice | Observe a Classroom | Summary | Your Journal
 Now let's look at the "What's the Price?" video segment in more detail. In this Observe Viewer, you can watch a group of students as they solve a problem involving the unit price of 20 plastic bags. We've added annotations that highlight the problem-solving aspect of the process. The interactive feature on this page requires the FLASH 5 player/plugin. If you do not see a Flash feature above, or if it is behaving strangely, you should download the player/plugin from the Macromedia web site. (You are seeing this message because you have scripting disabled in your browser and we could not detect the presence of the Flash 5 player/plugin.) After you have observed the classroom, reflect on the following questions: What is the teacher's involvement during the segment? What types of help does she provide (or not provide)? How does the use of a diagram affect the students' work? These students have just started learning about division in their mathematics curriculum. Why do you think the teacher introduced this kind of activity even though she knew that her students were unfamiliar with division? What problem-solving skills are students developing in this lesson? How is problem solving utilized in the lesson to enhance learning about division and decimal numbers?
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