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ERIC Number: EJ787136
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Learning to Solve Problems in Primary Grades
Whitin, Phyllis; Whitin, David J.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v14 n7 p426-432 Mar 2008
Problem solving lies at the heart of mathematical learning. Children need opportunities to write, discuss, and solve problems on a regular basis. The problems must incorporate grade-appropriate content and be "accessible and engaging to the students, building on what they know and can do." Teachers also play a key role in establishing a classroom environment that encourages children to solve problems in different ways and develop habits of mind that include persistence, risk taking, and a questioning attitude. This article describes how a class of second- and third-grade students learned to create and solve their own problems. Employing a variety of strategies, their work displays the importance of talk, sense making, and representation. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A