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ERIC Number: EJ775310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Primary Problems Solved without Sheets
Windsor, Keith
Mathematics Teaching, n184 p27-30 Sep 2003
Each of the primary problems described in this article encourage children to "get into" the process of problem solving, and all can be introduced without written instructions. A demonstration by the teacher with large hands-on materials can involve all the children effectively and give him/her the opportunity to highlight key points and deal with possible misunderstandings. All the children should begin with the same task, with support if necessary, using desktop apparatus to help thinking where appropriate. Once the children start on the problem, ten minutes without teacher help is a good strategy for developing confidence. This approach will encourage children to cooperate, explain details to each other, and discuss difficulties--key elements in the problem-solving process. Children will make their own suggestions for starting and setting the problems and the input they have, together with the questions that the teacher asks, determine the way that the problem develops. Large squares or blank floor tiles make an ideal starting point for generating mathematical discussion, oral/mental starters, and opportunities for direct teaching. In this article, the author presents three mathematical problems and ways of demonstrating solutions to ensure that children understand the problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A