In 2018, I started using the sentence We learn math by solving problems together as the "golden rule" of my classroom. The fewer other rules we need to make, the better.
- WE LEARN MATH: What we do in math class.
- Mathematics, you see, is not a spectator sport. George Polya
- BY SOLVING PROBLEMS: How we do it.
- A problem is, by definition, a situation that causes disequilibrium and perplexity. A primary tenet of teaching through problem solving is that individuals confronted with honest-to-goodness problems are forced into a state of needing to connect what they know with the problem at hand. Therefore, learning through problem solving develops understanding. Diana V. Lambdin
- TOGETHER: The best way to do it.
- Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge not only builds collaboration skills, it leads to deeper learning and understanding… Matt Davis