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Problem-solving difficulties

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To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Apr 01, 1998 at 12:18:18
Subject: Problem-solving difficulties

My daughter is in 4th grade (9 years of age) in a French International School. She is doing relatively well in Math but it is a constant battle and struggle to keep her up to her level. The language is not a factor in this. After meeting with her teacher yesterday and last year and the year before we all find that she is a great learner but cannot grasp problems. For example, in going from step 1 to step 5 in a problem she seems to get confused as to how to progress. Example: There were 500 people who started a race - 325 stopped at point A and the rest continued but at point B - 25 people again dropped out - how many finished the race? This is sort of what they were doing in 3rd grade but now the problems are a little bit more complicated and she gets constantly frustrated and has to keep asking the teacher for direction. She knows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide and is now working on fractions, so that is not the problem - it is her problem-solving technique. Thanks.

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