

Problem Solving, Session 1
Monday, January 9, 2012
Valerie Klein and Max Ray, The Math Forum @ Drexel
 Introductions

 Buying Cola Scenario  Notice/Wonder
 scenario1982.pdf

 Discussions
 We talked about:
 Our goals and why we Notice and Wonder about stories instead of giving problems to be solved.
 Financial literacy: what is the value of eliciting and valuing student concerns about context? (e.g. should we care whether Chuck has cups for the soda?)
 The connection to modeling and problem solving.

 Air Fresheners  Notice/Wonder
 airfreshenerscenario.pdf

 Plan For Next Session
 Now that we've discussed launching problems to gauge students' concerns, current understanding, and engagement, what's next?
 What math could we cover using this scenario? (We'll offer three different levels.)
 What other information would we need to tie this problem together for different goals/levels? How do we focus the math on our goals?
 What are all of the mathematical concepts in the Buying Cola scenario?
 Where else can we find or how can we generate more examples from everyday life (especially consumer/financial topics)?

 Other Handouts
 Noticings/Wonderings Student Handout
 noticewonderhandout.pdf

 Pizza Scenario Notice/Wonder
 pizzascenario.pdf

 Contact Information
 Max and Val
