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The Problem With Problem Solving

By Jessica Smith
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"How do mathematicians communicate their ideas to each other and to the public? If math is just numbers and symbols, how can we talk about math?"
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1: Introduction
Show video, Mathematical Eye: Logic and Problem Solving. Discuss key points of the film. Make connections between the film and math assignments.




2: Webquest
 Preview the project using the Webquest page.
http://homepage.mac.com/jessicasteinberg/math/problemsolving.htm


 


3: Strategy: Make a table

#1
USE OR MAKE A TABLE
It’s a busy day at Rappo’s Batting Cage, where some of the Little League players come to practice their hitting.  Craig and Matt, two good friends, run into each other.  “How come I haven’t seen you here before?”  Craig asks ...


4: Strategy: Organized list
#3
MAKE AN ORGANIZED LIST
Lin-Chuan presses his face up against the glass tank at the tropical fish store.  There are three types of fish for sale: a bright pink Gourami ($1.20), the nearly invisible Glass fish ($1.80), and the Neon Tetra ($.60) that has ...


5: Strategy: Pictures/Object
#50
DRAW A PICTURE OR USE OBJECTS
Adriana and her mother are buying snacks for the family hike in the Green Mountains.  They are standing in front of two rows of three bins with clear plastic lids at the store.  The banana chips are above the malt balls ...


6: Strategy: Patterns
#9
USE OR LOOK FOR A PATTERN
Each winter the elephant seals return to Ano Nuevo State Park on the California coast.  On the first day of their return, rangers count 5 elephant seals lying on the beach.  On the second day, 6 more seals arrive.  ...


7: Strategy: Guess and Check

#16
GUESS AND CHECK
Sue, Peggy, Maggie, and Arlene all collect comic books.  Sue collects Superfrog, Peggy collects The Incredible Hulk, and Maggie and Arlene both collect Totally Awesome Wonder Woman.  Sue has collected twice as many comic books as ...


8: Technology Skills
After students have demonstrated mastery on the problem solving strategies, there are a series of technology lessons geared toward the final iMovie product.  The three software programs utilized are  MS Word, iPhoto, and iMovie.

In Word, students create ...


9: Website of student work
http://web.mac.com/jessicasteinberg/iWeb/problemsolving/strategies.html