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08 - Strategies for Successful Problem Solving in Developmental Mathematics 
October 21, 2011   2:45pm - 4:15pm
Total Credits:
0.15 CH  
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Many developmental math students have a deep-seated fear of what they call "story problems." They don't know where to start, don't bother to think about whether their answers are reasonable and lack persistence. Even if they learn to do algebra at the developmental level, their weakness in problem solving means that they are not prepared to be successful in a college level math course like liberal arts math or statistics.

To change these attitudes and become empowered to solve applications, students need a structure for organizing their problem solving efforts. They need guidance in judging the reasonability of an answer. As instructors, we need to be able to model this process and efficiently assess their work. In this session, we will discuss strategies for teaching problem solving to developmental students, including grading their efforts and uncovering sources for new problems.

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