ERIC Number: ED202698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
How to Develop Problem Solving Using a Calculator.
This collection of activities shows how teachers can help pupils develop problem-solving techniques or strategies using a basic four-function calculator. The techniques "look for a pattern,""make a chart or organized list," and "guess and check" are used repeatedly in activities that range from discovery to application to strategy games. The activities are organized by standard mathematics content strands for easy correlation with classroom texts. While geared towards lower elementary levels, the material can be adapted for use throughout all elementary grades and in secondary school. They are dedicated to the proposition that calculators, in freeing children from burdensome paper-and-pencil calculating, also free them to think out problem solutions. Each worksheet is designed to be duplicated for student use. In addition to the teacher's notes corresponding with each activity, the document includes an introduction that discusses the fundamentals of teaching problem solving and how the calculator can be an invaluable aid in this process. (MP)
Descriptors: Calculators, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Experiential Learning, Instructional Materials, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Worksheets
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($4.00; Individual members, bookstores, or orders of 10 or more copies earn a discount of 20% off list price).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.