Introduction to Problem Solving: Grades 6-8 (The Math Process Standards Series) / Edition 1

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Overview


NCTM's Process Standards support teaching that helps students develop independent, effective mathematical thinking. The books in the Heinemann Math Process Standards Series give every middle grades math teacher the opportunity to explore each standard in depth. The series offers friendly, reassuring advice and ready-to-use examples to any teacher ready to embrace the Process Standards.

In Introduction to Problem Solving, Joy Schackow and Susan O'Connell highlight practical techniques for making problem solving doable for your students. They ease you into problem solving, giving you an array of entry points for understanding, planning, and teaching, including strategies that help students develop and refine the mathematical thinking necessary to discover effective approaches for solving a wide range of math problems.

The book and accompanying CD-ROM are filled with activities that are

  • modifiable for immediate use with students of all levels
  • customizable to match your specific lessons.

In addition, a correlation guide helps you match the math content you teach with the mathematical processes it utilizes.

If problem solving is a problem you'd like to solve, or if you're simply looking for new ways to work the problem-solving standards into your curriculum, read, dog-ear, and teach with Introduction to Problem Solving. And if you'd like to learn about any of NCTM's process standards, or if you're looking for new, classroom-tested ways to address them in your math teaching, look no further than Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. You'll find them explained in the most understandable and practical way: from one teacher to another.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325012964
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/3/2008
  • Series: Math Process Standards Series, Grades 6-8 Series
  • Edition description: Book w/ CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 951,387
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Bronston Schackow is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate level mathematics methods courses. She has taught mathematics at the elementary, middle, high school, and community college levels as well. Her research interests include attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics teacher education.

Susan O'Connell is the coauthor of Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She served as editor of Heinemann's popular Math Process Standards series and was the author of its Introduction to Problem Solving and Introduction to Communication books. Sue also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It (Heinemann 2005). Sue O'Connell has years of experience as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, district school improvement specialist, and university PDS coordinator. She is a nationally known speaker and education consultant, providing math professional development for schools and districts across the country.

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Table of Contents

NCTM Standards and Expectations

Introduction The Problem-Solving Standard 1

1 Building Math Understanding Through Problem Solving 7

2 Guiding Students Through the Problem-Solving Process: Focusing on Strategies 16

3 Strategy: Choose an Operation 30

4 Strategy: Find a Pattern 42

5 Strategy: Make a Table 49

6 Strategy: Make an Organized List 60

7 Strategy: Draw a Picture or Diagram 72

8 Strategy: Guess, Check, and Revise 81

9 Strategy: Use Logical Reasoning 90

10 Strategy: Work Backward 99

11 Assessing Problem Solving 108

12 Problem Solving Across the Content Standards 116

Conclusion: Accepting the Challenge 142

Resources to Support Teachers 148

References 151

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