In a message dated 95-12-09 16:12:55 EST, you write:
>To teach problem solving effectively teachers must place emphasis on >developing the child's abiltiy to reason and solve problems. Teaching problem >solving requires teachers to abandon the linear progresssion of most math >lessons from skill instruction to "problem soving" and create an environment >where there is interplay among reason, problem solving and skill development. >Teachers must create lessons where children can learn a variety of strategies
Nice words, but this doesn't take into account reality. Most students need some instruction just to get a feel for what's going on and there is nothing wrong with a little dril l to make the students feel comfortable in the arena of problem solving.