Saturday, February 19, 2011
Engaging Students During Problem Solving
I was wondering...what are some ways that teachers in Singapore engage students while teaching problem solving?
Educator in the US
I understand that you teach math at college level? A good way to engage students while teaching problem solving is to ask students to suggest their way of solving the problem. Thus, students will see solutions of various degree of sophistication and choose one that is appropriate for themselves. For more difficult solutions, teachers can scaffold the process by asking questions and giving hints. The choice of problem is important - it must cater to a range of students. Focus on the process and not the final answer. In planning the lesson, anticipate how the students will respond.
See Marshall Cavendish Institute Facebook or http://singaporelessonstudy.blogspot.com/ for an example used with junior high school (grade nine)students in Japan.