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Part E

Evaluating Problem Solving
  Make a Lesson Plan | Summing Up the Session | Final Journal

 
 

An effective problem-solving lesson should include several stages. In the lessons you viewed, you saw the teacher introduce the problem by asking questions to help students understand the problem and make choices about possible tools and strategies to use. Students then worked with a partner to solve the problem. A key component of an effective lesson is for the students to share their approaches, strategies, and solutions. The teacher must carefully craft the direction of this process.


Use the information you learned in this session to plan a lesson for one of your classes. Remember, a good problem is one in which a method for reaching a solution is not readily apparent. Select a problem that might be solved by any of several strategies or a combination of strategies. Remember that the problem should reflect your content goals. Students should build on their previous knowledge as they begin to solve the problem, but a critical part of the solution process is the extension of their understanding of the mathematics developed in the problem. Students should show their work and include an explanation of their problem-solving process.


Use a problem you teach in your subject area, select one of the samples from the Learning Math courses, or choose a problem that relates to a concept we have introduced and explored in this session, which can now be extended.

After you have created your lesson plan, use the Classroom Checklist (an Adobe PDF document) to evaluate it.

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