|Second Look - Problem-Based Learning|
Bugs, Planes, and Ferris Wheels: A Problem-Centered Curriculum
This article describes a problem-centered curriculum for
grades 9-12, using problem sets developed by a mathematics department and
designed to take the place of textbooks. Student examples and activities are
demonstrated and discussed. The students discover mathematical concepts in the
context of the problems and activities in the materials.
Transition to a Problem-Solving Curriculum
The author's experiences in attempting to transition students to a non-traditional problem-solving curriculum including examples of problems and pros and cons of the program.
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Promoting Equity in Mathematics: One Teacher's Journey
impact of using a problem-based curriculum in a heterogeneous classroom
environment in a pilot program. The author finds tracking does not offer
challenges to minority and struggling students. A problem based curriculum
provides equity for all students.
Gathering Circles: An Experience in Creativity and Variety
Materials and methods that maintain students' interest and encourage them to think creatively, develop mathematical reasoning, and look at problems from different perspectives, all within an open-ended approach to problem solving. Questions for discussion are included.
Problem Solving Standard for Grades 9-12
Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to—
- build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving;
- solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts;
- apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems;
- monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving.