Building Teacher Pedagogic Content Knowledge
Through Problem Solving

presented by Suzanne Alejandre & Cynthia Lanius

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
Math Leaders Catch the Spirit in St. Louis

Session 32 in St. Louis, Missouri
Monday, April 24, 2006, from 10:20 pm to 11:20 pm
Room F (capacity: 120)

Please visit the Math Forum table in the display area of NCSM Sponsors.

Attending NCTM? Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 630, or attend one of our sessions in the Convention Center.

Why use problem solving to develop teacher math content knowledge?
What does research say?
How does problem solving provide access to student understanding?
What is a teacher's role in problem solving?
Problems of the Week
What are they?
Professional Development Examples
Pre-service Education
    Online Mentoring Project
Alternative Certification Program
    Transition to Teaching
Inservice Education
    School District of Philadelphia
    Temple Partnership
    Trenton MATRIX grant: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
    Camden County MATRIX grant: Laurel Springs, Magnolia, Somerdale Park, Yellin
Let's Do Math
Congruent Rectangles
Work the problem
Samples of student work - what does the work tell us about student understanding?
What does the student seem to know? What does the student seem not to know yet?
Sample analysis of student work
Assessing Student Work
PoW Scoring Grid
Resources to Browse with Internet Access:
NSDL Online Math Workshop: Algebraic Reasoning
Interested in learning more about our new (free) online math course focusing on algebraic reasoning?
Trial Class Account:
Free 21 day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Active Problem Library.
List of Technology Problems of the Week (free access)
Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are problem-solving challenges modeled on our Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as Java applets, Geometer's Sketchpad, Fathom, or spreadsheets. Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" to share their solutions, and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.
© 2006 The Math Forum @ Drexel, part of NSF's NSDL
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-0520146 and CI-TEAM 0520146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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