Kimberly Brooks: Problem Solving Strategies in a Math Classroom


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Welcome to Problem Solving Strategies in a Math Classroom

The purpose of this course is for participants to be able to learn ways to incorporate problem solvng strategies into their classroom. This will help students by showing them ways to not only solve problems in math class but also outside of the classroom in the real world. The units will cover the importance of teaching problem solving strategies, the benefits of problem solving strategies in the classroom, and examples of effective problem solving strategies and how to implement them. Participants will learn various strategies in order to help their students solve word problems in mathematics. Each unit will cover a different strategy that can be used in the participants' classroom. The units will contain an overview, learning outcomes, a mini-lecture, and a concluding activity. Learners will be asked to participate in discussions with peers about the topics and concepts that are covered as well as to submit an authentic assessment at the end of the course.

Course Objectives

The Learners will be able to

  • Identify strategies used to teach problem solving skills
  • Identify how problem solving is used in a mathematics classroom
  • Defend the usefulness of problem solving skills
  • Explain how problem solving skills can teach students to be more critical thinkers


Unit 1-Introduction to Problem Solving Skills

After this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand the steps taken to solve a problem inside and outside of a math classroom.
  • Explain what problem solving is and why it is and important skill for students to learn.

Unit 2-The Importance of Problem Solving Strategies

After this unit you will be able to:

  • Participants will analyze the importance of problem solving strategies being taught in a math classroom.
  • Participants will discuss possible results of teaching problem solving strategies in a math classroom.

Unit 3- Implementation/Lesson Plan

After this unit you will be able to:

  • Create a lesson plan that incorporates at least one problem solving strategy.
  • Display that you can implement at least one problem solving strategy effectively into the classroom.