Delaware State University
SMILE Project and the Math Forum

August 30, 2012

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work on a problem independently
talk about each group's problem-solving process & what we were proud of
identify the stages in group problem solving
do another problem, this time using:
Noticing and Wondering
Organizing Quantities and Relationships
Guess and Check/Make a Table
general questions
logistical and/or pedagogical concerns/questions
Problems of the Week Used in the Workshop
Counting Chicken Wings
Building Boxes
Don't Be Square
Problem Solving Strategies Discussed in the Workshop
Understand the Problem
Guess and Check
Make an Equation/Write Relationships
Make a Table
Make a Simpler Version

1: I Notice/I Wonder activity (along with a few other Understand the Problem activities we often do as well):

download the PDF: pscunderstanding.pdf

2: Our flow-chart of group problem solving:

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3: Quantities/Relationships activity (along with some other mathematizing activities):

download the PDF: pscmodel.pdf

4: Lists we made of minimizing and maximizing the effects of study groups:

To recap that activity, I gave you a few minutes to do a 2 minute role-play about the "worst study group ever." Then, we listed the things we can do to minimize the effectiveness of study groups. On the flip side, we listed things we can do (personally) to make study groups more effective for us.

5: Finally, that list became a checklist we could use to make sure our study groups were effective (I included a few ideas from past years of SMILE mentors):

download the document: MS Word or PDF

Please email with any questions.
Max Ray


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