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Kevin J.Maguire

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Registered: 12/6/04
Word problems
Posted: Nov 26, 1995 8:52 PM
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Good morning,
I've just read a note from Rex Boggs. He refers to the use of
one's own creative powers when developing word problems. In all the
mathematics documents I've seen there has been some reference, either
explicit or implicit, to providing children with the opportunity to solve
teacher generated word problems. I would say that teacher posed problems
could be far superior to those extracted from reference texts. They
have the opportunity to focus on the children as learners of relevant
information at an opportune time. However, what type of word problems do
"we teachers" generate for our pupils. I am currently looking at those word problems I
created for my grade 3/4 youngsters a couple of years ago. I thought
that they were, at the time, rather novel and interesting word problems
from a rather "up-to-date" teacher. But, in the light of my recent
reading .....

I would welcome members of this list forwarding me, either
directly or through the list, a sample of the word problems they have
created for their elementary school class. It would be interesting to
see how our ability to create word problems reflects the underlying
concepts of the four arithmetical operations.

I'll show you mine ....

During the week we collected for our December excursion. Here are the
amounts we collected each day:
Monday - $25.75 Tuesday - $30.90 Wednesday - $15.45
Thursday - $36.05 Friday - $10.30.
How much did we collect this week?

(This is one of a series of related money word problems for which the
children were allowed to use a calculator. The object was to establish
the operation to be used by grade 3 children.)

Now you show me yours....

Your appreciatively,

Kevin J. Maguire Telephone: +61 3 9478 2080
Graduate School of Education
La Trobe University
Bundoora VIC

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