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Part B

Exploring Problem Solving
  Introduction | Try It Yourself: Finding Pentominos | Making Boxes | Problem Reflection | Your Journal


You've just explored two problems and examined how you might solve them. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. As you make your journal entries, keep the material you've just seen and read in mind as context.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • What techniques can you use to help students get started on solving rich problems?
  • How does your questioning influence students' work on a problem?
  • How do you determine which problems are worthwhile ones to use with your students?
  • You may have noticed that in this section we provided the standard names of the pentominos –– for instance, "Y" –– but earlier in the session, students in the video had not been given names for the hexominos and instead developed their own informal letter names, for instance, "lowercase l." What are the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of each type of naming in understanding the problem? When you present such problems, would you provide the names? 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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