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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
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.
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