Problem solving is an essential skill. Confident problem solvers can identify and frame a problem productively, they have strategies to help them approach the problem, and they can assess whether their solution strategy is successful. Rigorous mathematics instruction includes a strong focus on applications of mathematics; these applications are often grounded in problem solving. Problem-solving tasks can occur in real-world contexts or in mathematical contexts. In either case, collaboration and discourse is essential for problem solving. The more complex the problem, the more important multiple perspectives are in finding a good solution. Selecting appropriate tasks and facilitating productive collaboration and discourse are critical teacher skills for supporting problem solving in the classroom.
In this second edWebinar of a two-part series, Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning for ORIGO Education, will focus on selecting tasks for problem solving. The session will share four factors which impact task design and selection, reviewing a variety of tasks along the way. We will discuss both creating your own tasks as well as selecting (and possibly modifying) existing tasks. The session will model strategies for sharing tasks in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Join Sara for this session to solve some math problems and learn about task selection for problem solving.
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary-level teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
Part 1 – Strengthening Problem Solving Virtually and in Person Part 1: Mathematical Discourse and Collaboration