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Part B

Exploring Problem Solving
  Introduction | Chairs, Stools, and Tennis Balls | Problem Reflection | Your Journal


You've just explored a problem and examined possible strategies that would help you solve it. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. As you make your journal entry, use the material you've just seen and read as a context. Read the following questions and answer one in light of the students and content you teach.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • Reflect on the approach you would use on your own to solve a problem, if you were not given restrictions on the method. Why is this approach particularly effective? Why might your method not be appropriate for your students at this time? What is the benefit to young students of some of the methods used in the Interactive Activity?
  • As a student, do you remember using problem situations to help you make sense of new concepts and procedures? What was the effect? Did the situations help you connect new mathematics concepts to something that you already knew and understood?
  • Describe an experience in which 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 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?
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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