Full course description

Course Date:

Starts Aug 22, 2016




2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


Problem-solving is a powerful approach for teaching students to develop mathematical concepts and skills. This methodology is not about teaching a specific problem-solving skill to students; it’s about students using problem-solving and collaboration skills to develop their mathematical skills and solidify their identities as capable problem-solvers. Problem-solving is an instructional approach used widely in other countries to inform the instructional approaches and meet the demands of rigorous state math standards. Problem-solving is designed to create interest in mathematics and stimulate creative mathematical activity while supporting student collaboration in the classroom.


In this Exploration, you’ll design a lesson that provides students with the opportunities to understand mathematical content while supporting them to become independent learners and problem-solvers.

  • Plan/Prepare: Select a math problem for students to solve and plan a lesson using the problem-solving approach.
  • Teach/Assess: Refine your lesson plan and include ways to assess the effectiveness of the content objective and the learning process.
  • Analyze/Reflect: Evaluate what worked and identify any challenges you may have encountered. Then reflect on the next steps needed to continue building upon what you’ve learned.

Course Instructors

Denise L Dennis

Denise L Dennis


Denise Dennis is an Associate Program Consultant at New Teacher Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers. A graduate of Flagler College Tallahassee and Florida State University, she has worked in the field of special education since 1994 and was previously involved in early childhood programs. She is certified in Elementary, K-12 Special Education, and Middle School with Reading, Autism, and ESOL endorsements.