Math Content Standard B: Problem Solving
Students who meet this standard should
- Use computational methods and appropriate technology
as problem-solving tools.
- Use problem-solving to investigate and understand
- Formulate mathematical problems that arise from everyday
- Develop and apply strategies to solve a variety of
- Check the results against mathematical rules.
- Use common sense to interpret results.
- Apply what was learned to new situations; and
- Be able to use mathematics with confidence.
Problem Solving for All
Mathematics literacy targets effective identification,
reasoning, persistence, and success at solving problems
in real life situations. Mathematics should be presented
as a tool to solving problems, identifying patterns, and
predicting similar situations. Therefore, instruction
in mathematics should be initiated as a tool for solving
real problems for students. Through problems students
can discover algorithms and problem solving strategies
that can be applied throughout their education and lives.
Big Ideas in Problem Solving
Heuristics for problem solving
Multiple ways to solve the same problem
Diverse perspectives on the nature of the problem; effectiveness
Using estimations and reasonableness to identify effective
Determining relevant and irrelevant information