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    • The Problem with Problem Solving
      Beverly Bowles
      MAED 5040
      June 28, 2010
    • Why Word Problems and Problem Solving?
      Teachers do not like teaching them.
      Students do not like working with them.
      EOG is multiple choice.
      Student complaints of “Why do we need to know this?”
    • Teacher’s Point of View
      Do not possess tools to evaluate work
      Have low confidence in ability
      Bad past experiences
      We learned traditional technique of memorization and procedural skills.
      The possibility of more than one answer is scary!
    • Student’s Point of View
      Surprise!!
      Lack of understanding
      Lack of motivation
      Cannot recall information unless it is straightforward or teacher is assisting
    • What Can Teachers Do?
      Do not rely on the textbook
      Regularly incorporate non-routine problem solving tasks into classroom regimen
      Classroom discussion
      Allow students to take ownership of problem and classroom environment in regards to problem solving
      Ownership leads to positive attitude
    • Helping Students Think
      NCTM states problem solving is major goal of math education
      Teachers struggle with implementation
      Students need to develop ability to work on their own
      Incorporate more discussion and reflection
      Students and teachers gain more insight
    • Why Learn This?
      Help prepare students for problems faced in everyday life
      Incorporates real life problems
      Promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills
      Students do not have to be “stuck” with one strategy
      Students can become better at choosing alternatives when one strategy does not work
    • Conclusion
      Math should be learning activity
      Teachers and students work along side each other
      Students have to use skills attained to solve problems
      Teachers need to explain rather than instruct
      Shift focus from teachers to students
      Everyone wins!!