ERIC Number: ED223427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary School Mathematics: What Parents Should Know About... Problem Solving.
The influence a parent has on the beginning educational development of a child is unquestionable and profound; a parent's attitude and interest will greatly influence a child's attitude toward and interest in learning. This pamphlet is designed to help parents become aware of the many opportunities to develop, nurture, and refine their child's mathematics skills and to participate in the child's learning process. The first section discusses the nature of problem solving in mathematics and lists four characteristics of good problem solvers: (1) ability to identify important skills; (2) flexibility of thinking; (3) perseverance; and (4) a sense of knowing what is reasonable. General guidelines to help parents develop their child's problem solving ability are outlined in the next section. These include emphasizing the importance of problem solving and the enjoyment and self-satisfaction derived from it, taking advantage of the child's curiosity about numbers and shapes, helping the child become aware of the thinking used in problem solving, and spending time with the child on a regular basis working on solving a variety of problems. Various exercises are suggested to develop problem solving experiences, including a 10-step problem solving poster. Answers to problems and suggested resource materials are provided. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Guidelines, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 (single copy $2.50, ten or more copies mailed to one address earn 20% discount, all orders $20.00 or less must be accompanied by remittance).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.