Teaching and Learning Mathematics through Problem Solving (Secondary)
Target Audience: Primary Math Teachers
Course Leader: Professor David Burghes
Date: February 19th-20th 2014
Time: 8.30 – 16.00
Venue: Professional Training Service, Q House Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand
This workshop enables participants to focus on the use of problem solving as an important teaching and learning strategy for mathematics.
The emphasis is placed on challenging learners with tasks, activities and contexts that refer to skills and knowledge just beyond their current level of mastery so that they construct new mathematical ideas for themselves through ‘guided re-invention’ as well reinforcement of previous concepts.
It will also consider the use of contexts to motivate learners who are becoming disaffected with mathematical study in early secondary years.
The emphasis in the present day math class has shifted from teaching problem solving to teaching via problem solving. The focus of a problem solving approach is on teaching mathematical topics through problem-solving contexts and enquiry-oriented environments. Specific characteristics of a problem-solving approach include:
Interactions between students/students and teacher/students
Mathematical dialogue and consensus between students
Teachers providing just enough information to establish background/intent of the problem, and students clarifing, interpreting, and attempting to construct one or more solution processes
Teachers accepting right/wrong answers in a non-evaluative way
Teachers guiding, coaching, asking insightful questions and sharing in the process of solving problems
Teachers knowing when it is appropriate to intervene, and when to step back and let the pupils make their own way
A further characteristic is that a problem-solving approach can be used to encourage students to make generalisations about rules and concepts, a process which is central to mathematics
(The above has been extracted from an article in http://www.mathgoodies.com/articles/problem_solving.html)
Professor David Burghes has a consistent and outstanding record of developing international partnerships with University of Plymouth to deliver innovative programmes to enhance Maths teaching across the globe. David’s work as Director of the Centre for Innovation in Maths Teaching (CiMT) has created an international reputation for the University of Plymouth in providing the highest quality professional development for maths teachers.
David is Director of three international longitudinal comparative projects, “Kassel Project”, “International Project for Mathematical Attainment (IPMA)” and “International Comparative Study in Mathematics Teacher Training”. David has also implemented projects for Primary Mathematics in Chile (in 11 schools in a country area with low achievement in mathematics) and in South Africa (in 3 township schools in the Potchefstroom region) both of which have shown promising gains in raising standards and have linked Plymouth with local Universities, namely University of Valparaiso and North West University.
This workshop will be hands-on with participants trying out a variety of mathematical problem solving questions, reflecting on practice from mathematically high performing countries, discussing video clips and analyzing different aspects of problem solving.
The course aims to give participants confidence in their own ability to use a problem solving approach to the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics.
Challenge participants’ understanding of what constitutes ‘great instruction’ in mathematics teaching by considering international evidence from mathematically high-performing countries such as Japan, Finland, Russia and Hungary
Develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of teaching through problem solving by looking, in particular, at recent innovations in countries such as Singapore
Identify ways of improving professional and educational practice in the teaching of mathematics by jointly planning and teaching a problem-based lesson using lesson study to sustain the innovation
Demonstrate enquiry, insight and analytical capability with regard to their own professional practice and that of colleagues in the pursuit of more effective teaching and learning of mathematics
International evidence of what makes great instruction in secondary mathematics
Understanding the Singapore problem solving approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics
Effective methods of implementation of problem solving in secondary maths teaching
Sustaining a problem solving approach to teaching and learning of mathematics through lesson study
Reviewing and evaluating progress towards more effective teaching of mathematics in secondary schools
Development of learners’ transferable skills in mathematics
Baht 17,500 per participant
The workshop fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, lunch and coffee breaks.
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form
If you wish to enroll a group of 10 or more teachers from your school, contact Mr. Navin Pawa with your request as per the contact information below.
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770 (replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)
Teaching and Learning Mathematics through Problem Solving Secondary KSI