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.
- 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
- "Improving mathematical problem-solving in grades 4-8" by What Works Clearinghouse
- Hannah Dumont, David Istance and Francisco Benavides (editors) "The Nature of Learning"
- PISA 2012 results. "Creative problem solving: students' skills in tackling real-life problems"
Find out more about our introductory sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.