So, what have we done in this session?
- In Part A, you started by taking a look at student work on a rich mathematical problem and then viewed a class of first-graders as they solved the problem.
- In Part B, you explored your own thinking about and approaches to solving problems.
- In Part C, we looked at various contexts for problem solving in an early-elementary classroom. We also looked at what assessing children's thinking in problem solving entails, and our role as teachers in orchestrating meaningful problem-solving experiences for our students.
- In Part D, you thought about applying problem solving to the development of conceptual understanding, and viewed how this played out in a first-grade classroom.
- In Part E, you wrote your own lesson plan as a way to evaluate what you've learned.
Throughout this session, we saw that problem solving is the foundation for the meaningful learning of mathematical concepts. Now you have an opportunity to reflect on this session and to communicate some of your thoughts and observations in your journal. This final journal entry will mark your completion of the session.
Completing your journal