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Teaching Problem Solving Strategically
Teaching problem solving strategically

When one interacts with the world or uses language to understand it, one engages in problem solving.

—Allsopp, Kyger, & Lovin, 2007, p. 136

Problem solving in mathematics requires a multiplicity of knowledge and skills blended together in harmony. Just like in music, if a note or chord is played incorrectly or in the wrong place, the music does not sound good. When students are unable to fluently blend the necessary knowledge and skills together when solving math problems, problem solving becomes very difficult. As students progress through their math education, problem solving becomes more and more important and complicated. When students have no or ineffective strategies to approach math problems, they become frustrated and give up quickly. Students require ...

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