Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Part C

Defining Problem Solving
  Introduction | Introducing New Content Via Problems | A Positive Problem-Solving Disposition | Problem-Solving Techniques and Examples | Working Backwards | Technology | The Teachers' Role | Your Journal


Consider the Standard, the material in this section, and the examples you worked through earlier in the course. Reflect on how you can support problem solving in your own classroom. Choose one of the questions to answer in your journal.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • We've provided a range of points that help in formulating a working definition of the problem-solving standard. If a colleague or parent were to ask you to define problem solving in the context of your own classroom, how would you do so?
  • Although research has shown that problem solving can be taught, and that kids of varying skill levels can still improve with respect to their ability at the beginning of the year, many teachers believe deep down –– and privately –– that some kids are just good problem solvers and some aren't. Do you believe this? Why or why not? How does this belief relate to your own problem-solving practice?
  • Do you believe the practices developed in solving in high school mathematics problems can be extended to contexts outside the mathematics classroom? Why or why not?
  • How does technology influence how you work with and define problems in the classroom? Has it expanded your repertoire? Has it presented challenges?
  • Identify some problem-solving strategies that you wish to introduce to your class. What are important considerations as you incorporate them in your classroom?
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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