Former NCTM President Dr. Francis "Skip" Fennell shows students how to use the four-step procedure to evaluate, interpret, and solve problems. Focus on Problem Solving helps students develop critical thinking and organizational skills while gaining a better grasp of word problems.
Compelling Real-life Applications Build Math and Critical Thinking Skills
Students learn a four-step procedure - reading, planning, solving, and checking - that helps them tackle nearly any problem.
Also emphasizes collecting, organizing, evaluating, and using information.
Students are taught a variety of non-routine strategies in order to approach different kinds of problems: guessing and checking, working backwards, making lists and diagrams, finding patterns, using scale drawings, and thinking logically.
Integrate math and writing! Written assignments help students think logically and communicate clearly.
Students learn to interpret graphs, tables, plots, maps, surveys, and experiments.
Teacher's guides give background on problem-solving strategies and detailed suggestions for introducing, exploring, and expanding reasoning skills.
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