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Part A

Observing Student Problem Solving
  Introduction | Making "Ominos" | Student Work | Questions and Answers | Student Work Reflection | Observe a Classroom | Classroom Practice | Your Journal
"Problem solving means engaging in a task for which the solution method is not known in advance. In order to find a solution, students must draw on their knowledge, and through this process, they will often develop new mathematical understandings. Solving problems is not only a goal of learning mathematics, but also a major means of doing so."

(NCTM, 2000, p. 52)


Most middle school students are developmentally capable of in-depth exploration of interesting mathematical ideas. In setting a classroom environment that encourages problem solving, there are two important elements for the teacher to consider: Finding rich problems that align with the content we are teaching, and creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages students to grapple with new ideas and with situations that require in-depth thinking.

We will examine and reflect on how two students approached a problem.

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