Friday, March 23, 2018

Manchester Course | 23 March 2018

The problem-solving courses focuses on teaching basics as problem solving as well as teaching of solving of word and puzzle problems.

Can drill-and-practice be done in the spirit of problem solving?

We saw how teaching times tables, as well as algorithms like long  division and subtraction with renaming as problem solving.

Spiky spent one-quarter of his savings on a present and one-sixth of the remaining money on a toy for himself. As a result, he had £32 left.

Solving a simpler problem ...
Spiky spent one-quarter of his savings on a present and one-third of the remaining money on a toy for himself. As a result, he had £32 left.

What-if ....?
Spiky spent one-quarter of his savings on a present and one-quarter of the remaining money on a toy for himself. As a result, he had £32 left.

SUPPORTING STUDENTS in WORD PROBLEM SOLVING
In teaching word problems, I demonstrated my usual "guess my next word" routine in teaching word problems. 

What are the advantages of this strategy?

The class came up with this list ...

1. Teaching habits of mind of handling small chunks of information
2. Teaching kids to be not helpless - Can we calculate already? Can we draw?
3. Leaving out numbers in initial problem or when reading
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