Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Part D

Applying Problem Solving
  Introduction | Problem Reflection | Classroom Practice | Problem Solving in Action | Classroom Checklist | Your Journal


You have just seen one application of problem solving in the classroom. Students are tackling this problem through working in groups. Reflect on the following questions and answer one in light of the students and content you teach:

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • What can you do in your classroom to help students learn by exploring new concepts and skills in a problem-solving situation rather than by direct teaching? Do you see drawbacks to this approach? How could you address them?
  • What are some of the advantages of having students work in groups? When might you want students to work individually on problem-solving experiences? Give an example.
  • How long do you let students struggle with a problem before helping them find a solution? What are some questions that help without giving away a solution method?
  • If different individuals and groups are using different strategies on the same problem at the same time, what tools can the teacher use to assess individual understanding?
Three ways to write and reflect:
  • Use pen and paper.
  • Use a word processor.
  • Use the form below.
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.


Your work will be displayed in a printer-friendly format to enable you to print.

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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