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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections 2021 MMM Virtual Summit No More Problems with Problem Solving – Discussion Reply To: No More Problems with Problem Solving – Discussion

  • Simonay Hudson

    November 17, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Biggest take aways:

    “True problem solving requires complex thinking, questioning whether we are correct in our work, application of various areas of mathematics and much more”

    “Problem solving requires students to engage in productive struggle”

    Ask yourself: what challenge is there for students in this task? (helps you access the cognitive demand)

    Is it problem solving or is it an exercise in strengthening skills in a particular area (e.g. multiplication practice, or area)

    We need to give students tasks that they don’t already know how to solve. Need to teach them to embrace the challenge (not to take the challenge away from them by giving mnemonics and memorized procedures). Also need to provide them with time to reflect on their thinking (so they can make connections themselves). Good to teach them to rely on resources and their peers (rather than relying on the teacher to give them the answer), teach them how/where to look for/utilize their prior knowledge.

    I really liked the ideas given to:

    provide children with a structure for when they’re talking with a partner (giving them guidance, as often they don’t know how. we can model this or practice it together. At the beginning: “what I heard you say…” “the question we need to answer is…” “the important information is…” After doing their work: ” first I.. then I…” “how are our strategies different?”

    provide language support (address vocabulary that could be confused, misunderstood, or is unfamiliar, including tenses: board vs bored, feet vs feat, whole vs hole, future tense meaning we don’t have it yet)

    include families by giving them ideas of what they can do at home to encourage problem solving (strategy board games, sharing classroom norms/practices, hosting math events for families)