Syllabus
The Math Forum's Problem Solving ProcessInstructor: Suzanne Alejandre |

download as: PDF file The problem solving process that the Math Forum has been developing since 1993, can be compared to the writing process. We encourage problem solvers to: - read the problem
- get started
- carry out a strategy
- draft a solution and explanation
- reflect
- get feedback
- revise
This course aligns well with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week but could also be used to develop techniques to use with problem solving prompts in general. Participants are not required to have a Problem of the Week (PoW) Membership, although at the end of the course, they may find value in considering that as a logical next step as a resource for their students.
- learn about the Math Forum's approach to problem solving as a process. Our goal is not to be over and done. Our goal is to think, reflect, revise, and master.
- learn about the resources provided with each of the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) and how they can help you enhance student competence and confidence in problem solving and communication.
- develop concepts of mathematical problem solving and communication.
- enhance your understanding of NCTM's Process Standards and the role of PoWs in addressing them.
- learn about assessing student work and providing effective feedback in the context of the PoWs.
- Become oriented to the Blackboard Vista environment (only an Internet connection and Web browser are required).
- Introduce yourself and become acquainted with the other course participants.
- Individually solve a Problem of the Week (PoW).
- Post your answer and explanation as a journal entry in the Blackboard Vista environment.
- Increase understanding of what good problem solvers do.
- After discussion and feedback from the instructor, revise your PoW journal post.
- Increase understanding of good communication in problem solving.
- Practice thinking in terms of "I notice..." and "I wonder..." to encourage reflection and revision.
- View and discuss the Enhanced Problem Packet for Teachers.
- Examine samples of student work.
- Examine suggestions of how to facilitate students' reflection and revision of their work.
- Discuss the different representations students might use.
- Reflect on and discuss the role of reasoning at your grade level.
- Explore ways to develop student's ability to justify their thinking.
- Continue to think in terms of "I notice" and "I wonder."
- View and discuss the Problem Solving and Communication Activity Series.
- Reflect on and discuss how problem solving is or could be implemented in the classroom.
- Individually solve another Problem of the Week (PoW). [Optional: print copies of one of the problems offered in PDF format and present to students in your classroom. Post one of their solutions instead of your own.]
- Post your answer and explanation (or a student's) as a journal entry in the Blackboard Vista environment.
- View and discuss the Enhanced Problem Packet for Teachers.
- View and discuss the Problem Solving and Communication Activity Series.
- After discussion and feedback from the instructor, revise your PoW journal post.
- Visit all of the different Problem of the Week resources, including
Current Problems Problems Library Write Math - Have the opportunity to ask questions about the PoW services and resources.
- Discuss strategies for managing problem solving in your classroom.
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