Friday, July 26, 2013

MAT150 Developing Problem-Solving Skills Session 6

Math Trail at Bolles School
Examples of activities that can include problem-solving tasks are maths trail (see photograph), making art project (such as animals) using recycled / reused materials as well as games.

In the photograph, teachers of early grades were engaged in a maths trail task that required them to find the number of cubes needed to fill the empty water fountain.

The slides includes stimulus for problems-solving activities.

Once a teacher had a problem - she did not know which part of the rectangle is referred to as 'length'. Problems are not limited to mathematical ones. In class, we discussed examples of real-life and real-world problems. (in response to her problem, I would say the length of the longer side and the length of the shorter side but when we are lazy we simply say 'length' - longer side - and 'breadth' - shorter side.)

Slide 2 - The use of children's books to design problem-solving activities. we previously discussed The Doorbell Rang. Here a page from The Tortoise and The Hare is used. Can counting be problematic?

Slide 3 - The people who built this vertical garden needed to know how many pots of plants are needed. They had to solve a problem.

Slide 4 - Can this African painting inspire a problem? The scarves come in three colours, so do the blouse and the skirt. Here, we see six different outfits. How different outfits are possible?

Slide 5 - This artefact inspired a patterning problems among some teachers in the class. Can you use this to design a problem for young children?

Slide 6 - An ancient game (British Museum) from Mesopotamia. Is playing a game such as this one problem solving?

Slide 7 - Stone Rosette (British Museum) from 3300 B.C. The making of such rosettes is both an problem as well as an exercise. Explain.

Photographs of the course are available on my Facebook.

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