Project 3 - Problem Solving on the Internet
This project was developed as a direct response to the demands of the present day curriculum where the topic of Problem Solving is listed as a separate component of the Math Program. No longer is problem solving treated as an activity that accompanies a computational skills and all problems are consequently solved using that same suggested operation. This project will not only deepen knowledge of concepts but expose students to the following seven strategies that can be used to solve problems:
These strategies are presently emphasized in the Elementary Math Curriculum and
students are taught these at various intervals. In this project students will meet
similar problems on the Internet and use their prior knowledge as a motivating factor
in solving meaningful problems. Students will be encouraged to use the non-routine
strategies (listed above) in solving these problems and also to use a variety of
these strategies to solve each problem.
Many of the topics and ideas presented in these problems will have direct and indirect connection with the many topics covered in all the components of the Elementary School Curriculum. However, for purposes of this project the major focus will be to have students show increased confidence in solving problems which utilize the concepts and skills developed throughout the elementary grades. Consequently, this project is mainly directed at the Math Curriculum as it will complement the work presented in the Gr. 4 - 6 Math Program. However, many of the ideas/topics that are presented in the problem will definitely overlap into other curriculum areas. Secondly, the students become aware that there are many problem solving strategies to use and that there may be more than one solution to solving a problem.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Problem solving is considered a life-long strategy that can be applied to so many facets of life. Whether it be curriculum or home, life or community, all these are part of the student's life. In order for our students to participate in the project, a of the School
Evaluation for this project will not be limited to a check for correct answers. An attempt will be made to assess the process used by students and their attitudes towards their problem solving abilities. Problem solving performances improve over a relatively long period of time but the main intent of the project is not to grade students. The project can be evaluated in respect of the following outcomes: