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ERIC Number: EJ1046545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Reconciling Representations
Zahner, William; Dent, Nick
Mathematics Teacher, v108 n5 p344-354 Dec 2014
Sometimes a student's unexpected solution turns a routine classroom task into a real problem, one that the teacher cannot resolve right away. Although not knowing the answer can be uncomfortable for a teacher, these moments of uncertainty are also an opportunity to model authentic problem solving. This article describes such a moment in Zahner's class "Problem Solving for Teachers." Reconciling these solutions led the students and Zahner and Dent on a multiweek quest to understand what was going on. Ultimately, this process of inquiry was a powerful lesson about the problem-solving practices as envisioned in the NCTM's Standards (2000) and in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts