

Problem Solving Process
5:00  9:00 June 23, 2008
 Introductions and Overview  Problem solving and writing to learn math

 Let's do math
 Counting Chicken Wings [Enhanced Teacher Packet]
 Birthday Trip [Expected Solution and Scoring Guide]

 Discuss different approaches and strategic insights
 Our goals and approach:
 Build a problem solving strategies repertoire
 Writing to learn and writing to communicate
 The point is not to quickly get it over and done but to think, reflect, revise and master
 Learn to identify what you know and what you don't know
 Identify the specific pieces holding you up
 Separate what makes it challenging (e.g. not good with fractions) from what you have to figure out (understanding the situation  seeing how to approach it)
 Change the challenging parts (simpler numbers, etc.) so that you can focus for now on the strategy
 Set up practice situations to master what is challenging

 Focusing on student thinking:
 "I wonder" diagnosis. Asking questions.
 Develop a task/intervention that would get you more information and move the student ahead

 Problem of the Week (PoW) environment

 Supplemental Section structure
 Orienting the students
 Facilitating a session
 Submitting and grading.
 Planning sessions: reviewing prior sessions, coordinating with the math course instructors
 How do you want to use and communicate with the Math Forum staff?

 Resources
 Problem of the Week Library
http://mathforum.org/library/problems/
 Problem of the Week Teacher Documents
http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/
 DLC Summer 2008 Wiki
http://mathforum.org/wiki/MathForum?DlcSummer2008
 Games for Math and Social Skills
http://mathforum.org/alejandre/cooperate.html

 Contact Us
 Steve and Suzanne

