Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

 Exploring Problem Solving
 Introduction | Try It Yourself: Finding Pentominos | Making Boxes | Problem Reflection | Your Journal
 Think about how you solved the previous problems, finding all 12 pentominos and determining which made an open box. Then answer two of the following questions: Reflect on the approach you used to solve each problem. Was it effective? Did you change your approach at any point in the problem-solving process? What mathematical concepts arose in each problem? Please list them. What did you learn from the pentominos that did not form cubes without tops? What makes these problems worthwhile mathematical tasks? One point to remember is that, for teacher or student, problem solving is one of five Process Standards. It provides a context in which the content defined by the content standards can be taught. By improving your ability to approach problems using a variety of strategies and reflecting on not only the solution, but also the process you used to reach the solution, you will become a better problem solver. In turn, this will increase your ability to model good problem solving and to form effective questions to help your students become better problem solvers.
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