I watched a video today that made me think about how I teach problem solving to my students. It was a TED talk with a math teacher named Dan Meyer. In this video, Dan talks about the kind of students we want to create. We want students to be good problem solvers, and we want them to be able to solve not only the kind of problems they might see in a book, but also the kind of problems they might actually encounter in real life.
When I go into school tomorrow, I plan on teaching my Pre-Cal students about solving trig word problems, and I am thinking about how I might re-work the way I present these problems in a way this fits more with what Dan was saying in this video.
You should take a minute to watch it, it’s really very interesting.