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How to Teach Problem Solving

Highlights four steps of problem solving and includes resources for teachers.
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Maria Montalvo

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of How to Teach Problem Solving

? Step 1: Understand the problem What are the problem solving steps? Can you state the problem in your own words?
What are you trying to find or do?
What are the unknowns?
What information do you obtain from the problem?
What information is missing or not needed?
Critical thinking and problem solving have been components of human progress throughout history.
Rotherham and Willingham, 2010 In the early 1900s, problem solving was viewed as a mechanical, systematic, and often abstract set of skills, such as those used to solve riddles and mathematical equations.
Jamie Kirkland
PLATO Learning, Inc Current problem solving definitions include higher order thinking skills such as: . . . visualization, abstraction, cmprehension, manipulation, reasoning, analysis, synthesis, generalization . . . Strategies include: Brainstorming Gathering information
on the topic writing an equation Making a diagram Look for patterns. Working backwards Step 3: Carry out the plan Step 4. Analyze and
Evaluate the results Check out a brainstorming video at: Do the results solve the problem or answer the original question? Collect data Graph the data. build it, write it, do it Does your answer make sense?
Is it reasonable? Do your results
lead you
to new questions How can I get Mom to let
me go to Tony's house tonight? 2. Devise a Plan Check each step of
the plan as you proceed Resources Critical thinking and problem solving . . . . . . in the 21st Century More Century 21 Resources http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/21st_century.htm http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/workshop/process_brainstorm.html
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