How to develop problem-solving through mathematics?

 

We have created a unique professional development programme for primary school teachers that is focused on this question.

Objectives

  • Teachers will be able to build problem-solving skills in students through mathematics.
  • Teachers will be able to identify and solve problems in their classroom.
  • Teachers will be able to describe and use research-based strategies.

How the programme works? 

  • Sessions are highly practical: they are facilitated by excellent teachers and involve regular practice with curriculum-aligned learning resources.
  • Content is relevant: the programme involves collaborative learning among a group of 8 teachers, so the content can be tailored to meet individual needs.
  • Programme is affordable: short 60-minute sessions every 2 weeks, getting to know each other in-person, then learning online. No travel time, no cover costs, affordable price.
  • Each session involves discussion and evaluation of student work, practice of new skills, lesson planning to incorporate new ideas.

Topics that will be covered

  • What is problem-solving and why is it hard to teach?
  • How to select routine and non-routine problems for whole-class instruction?
  • How to combine direct instruction with collaborative/independent practice?
  • How to teach appropriate meta-cognivite strategies for problem-solving?
  • How to use visual representations to assist problem-solving?
  • How to teach multiple problem-solving strategies to pupils?

Find out more

Find out more about our introductory sessions by emailing artur@creativegeneration.org.

 
Students who develop proficiency in mathematical problem solving early are better prepared for advanced mathematics and other complex problem-solving tasks.
— Educator's Practice Guide: "Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8"