You've just explored a problem and examined how you might reason about it. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. Read the following questions and answer one in light of the students and content you teach.
Questions to write and reflect about:
Three ways to write and reflect:
- Reflect on the method you would use to solve a problem if you weren't given any restrictions. Why is your method particularly effective? Why might your method be inappropriate for your students at this time? For young students in particular, what is the benefit of the method used in the Interactive Activity?
- As a student, do you remember using problem-solving situations to help you make sense of new concepts and procedures? What was the effect? Did the situations help you connect new mathematical concepts to something that you already knew and understood?
- Describe an experience where you learned a problem-solving procedure in a rote way, that is, without truly understanding the underlying concept. What was the effect on your use of the procedure, both immediately and in the future? What else would have helped you?
- Which problem-solving methods do you personally find effective, and why? Would you suggest the same methods to your students? Why or why not?
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.
- Use pen and paper.
- Use a word processor.
- Use the form below.
Thanks for writing in your journal. Please keep your entries in whatever format you choose -- you will find them useful for reference later.
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