ATMOPAV Mathematics & Technology Conference, Fall 2011
Suzanne Alejandre, The Math Forum @ Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Session 3: 1:15 to 2:15 pm
Middle School (grades 6-8)

The goal of the Math Forum’s problem-solving process is not to be over and done. It is to think, express, reflect, and revise. Leave with problems to try with students.

I. Introductions

II. The Math Forum’s Problem Solving Process — let’s experience a short version together!

Eating Grapes

III. Debrief that experience

  • what did you notice?
  • what are you wondering?
  • CCSS Mathematical Practices
    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

IV. More

Measuring Melons (photos)

Sports Weigh-in (photos on blog post with student comments)

V. Resources:

VI. Links to other Math Forum ATMOPAV talks:

Annie Fetter: Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry

Steve Weimar and Max Ray: The Mathematical Practices and Understanding Key Concepts: The Case of Fractions

Annie Fetter and Valerie Klein: Online Tools for Building Crucial Elementary Math Concepts

Max Ray: I Tweet Therefore I Learn [link coming soon]