The problem with problem solving

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The problem with problem solving

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

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