

Stories from the Community: Problem Solving Experiences in Middle Grades
9:30  10:30, Saturday, April 24, 2010
Session 720, Convention Center Room: 10
Suzanne Alejandre, The Math Forum @ Drexel, Philadelphia, PA
Barbara Delaney, Bellingham, Massachusetts
Marie Hogan, West Covina, California
Ashley Miller, Salisbury, North Carolina
Powerpoint from session:
download zipped file: nctm2010_session720.ppt.zip
view as html: nctm2010_session720.htm
 Introductions

 Story 1
 a problem solving approach that engages and builds confidence
 Seven Congruent Rectangles: scenario only  problem
 download Barbara's Flash clip in zipped format

 Story 2
 using context and visualization to support all students in problem solving
 tPow: Balloon Booths
 Baking Blackberries: scenario only  problem
 Filling Glasses: scenario only  problem

 Story 3
 establishing classroom routines for successful inquiry
 Cara's Cookies: scenario only  problem
 Eating Grapes: scenario only  problem

 Story 4
 encouraging students to acquire problem solving goals that go beyond just finding "the answer"
 Lemonade Fun: scenario only  problem
 Kaytee's Contest: scenario only  problem

 Story 5
 helping students persist at problem solving, in particular, using effective questioning techniques and task design
 Growing Worms: scenario only  problem
 Measuring Melons: scenario only  problem

 Resources
 Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
 (free but require login)

 Making Effective Use of Math Forum Resources
 http://mathforum.org/pd/tour2.html

 Grades 59: Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
Explore applets and other technology tools that build students' algebraic reasoning, and learn strategies for supporting students to learn through problem solving.
 http://mathforum.org/pd/algebraic/

 Grades 59: Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
 Explore applets and other technology tools that build students' probabilistic reasoning, and learn strategies for supporting students to learn through problem solving.
 http://mathforum.org/pd/probability/

 Math Forum Professional Development Program: Learning Math Together
 http://mathforum.org/pd/

 Contact Information
 Suzanne
