Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Part D

Applying Problem Solving
  Introduction | Measuring Ant Tunnels | 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 working in pairs to measure the lengths of ant tunnels. Now read the following questions and answer one in light of the students and content you teach.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • How can you organize your mathematics lessons so that they foster problem solving in a variety of settings?
  • What are some advantages of having students work in groups, or pairs, to solve rich mathematical problems? When might you want students to work individually on problem-solving experiences?
  • How do teacher questions help students solidify their understanding of the mathematical ideas developed in the problem?
  • What are some ways that you might allow students the freedom to investigate problems in their own way while still providing some structure for the lesson?
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.

Thank you 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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