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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!!