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Problem Solving Classroom

Tips from a Master Teacher (This is a work in progress.)

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A Dream Letter

A Dream Letter

Over the years I got many letters from students thanking me for one aspect their education that they liked. My most frequent letter by far had to do with students appreciating my teaching them to think. That’s why I’m here taking the time to share it with you. (By the way, I chose the graphic above because I like how ludicrous it is to think of a student writing a hand-written letter instead of...
Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Comfortable with Uncomfortable

This is Going to Be a Bumpy Ride I don’t know how far along the continuum of becoming a problem solving teacher you are, but I know that if you’re at the beginning stages, you can expect lots of discomfort in your classroom. You need to be okay with that. Changing Your Role Conducting a great problem-solving session is a far cry from the traditional role of the teacher as the dispenser of knowl...
Think Like a Fifth Grade Teacher

Think Like a Fifth Grade Teacher

You Are More Than a Library Whether or not you signed up to be a coach, you are one. If you are truly creating a problem-solving classroom in which students face difficult challenges and where failure is embraced as part of the process, then you must support your mathletes. You can’t be the Pez dispenser of knowledge anymore. Like a fifth grade teacher, you have to consider the students' affect...