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Making Sense of Mathematics: Children Sharing and Comparing Solutions to Challenging Problems

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Stock # 13234
ISBN # 978-0-87353-597-7
Published 1/1/2007
Pages 194
Grades Grades 3-5,

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By Larry Buschman

Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing. (Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)

Problem solving is consistently ranked as one of the most difficult skills to teach. Making Sense of Mathematics explores problem solving from both the teacher's and the students' perspectives, studying how children answer challenging questions while helping teachers learn the art of questioning. The book includes a careful study of students' acquisition of problem-solving processes, and delineates seven stages of students' development as problem solvers. It gives special attention to non-paper-and-pencil problems, an important area for learning real-world applications of problem solving. Ten chapters explore the benefits of multi-age classrooms, instructional approaches to teaching and practicing problem solving, and other areas that affect how children become expert problem solvers.
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