Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
In this session:
Observing Student Problem Solving
Exploring Problem Solving
Defining Problem Solving
Applying Problem Solving
Evaluating Problem Solving
One of the most important aspects of doing mathematics is problem solving. Before we examine the elements of problem solving and examples of student problem solving, it is important for us to share an understanding of what these words mean.
It is not the goal of a mathematics class to teach students to solve every type of problem they might encounter. That is impossible. Instead, the teacher's role is to give students opportunities to develop a repertoire of strategies that will help them apply and adapt what they know to solve problems that are new to them. In this way, students become good problem solvers. In this session, we investigate strategies and techniques that will help middle school students learn to pose and solve problems.
This session shows how to help students do the following:
NCTM Problem-Solving Standard
Instructional programs . . . should enable all students to --
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000).
For more information on this process standard, see the NCTM Web site.
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