Expanding Students' Repertoire of Math Problem-Solving Strategies, Grades 3-6

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

In this course, you'll observe many ways to engage intermediate grade level students in developing more sophisticated problem-solving strategies. As students encounter open-ended problems, they must learn to select the most appropriate problem-solving strategies. You'll see how to help students use their complete repertoire of skills and strategies to solve interesting and engaging problems.

Helping students move beyond basic problem-solving strategies can be challenging. You'll learn how to implement practical ideas and techniques for helping students develop and apply three more sophisticated problem-solving strategies:

You will learn how to:

  • Making an organized list strengthens students’ skills in organizing data effectively
  • When students learn how to use logical reasoning, they are more able to think logically and make accurate generalizations
  • Problems that require students to work backward develop skills of inverse thinking

Watch an excerpt from this course:

How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDDU 9395


"I was impressed by the videos both with the ideas and the explanations and examples. Very well done and much appreciated by problem-solving teachers!"
              – A. Philip

"Nice review of various problem solving strategies and how to engage students by using hands on activities. Well done videos modeling the strategies."
              – E. Krieble

"Including student handouts is an important part of why I like doing BER workshops. I get materials I can use immediately in my classroom."
              – S. Kababik

"This course was very informative. I loved the way they used a real classroom setting and showed how strategies were used. Thank you for a great course and wonderful handouts!"
              – E. Beauchesne

"This course is very applicable and will enable me to challenge my students' critical thinking."
              – J. Kemmerly


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