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.