I work at a Title I school. The majority of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch and come from homes where English is their second language. A considerable percentage of the population is not meeting standards.
Many of my students come to school with little life experiences.
They have not had the opportunity to experience things such as traveling on vacations or even watching a play at the theater. Even though they have daily obstacles to overcome, they come to school eager to learn. Once they enter my classroom, I want them to be assured that they are in a safe learning environment and that anything is possible!
Michael J. Gelb said, "Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving". For this reason, I want to create a classroom environment that encourages creative problem solving in all academic areas.
This project will give me the materials I need to run small groups that will allow my students to exercise their problem solving skills.
In my classroom, I present my students with math "tasks" rather than just word problems. These task require higher level thinking and involve several steps and skills in order to solve. These materials would allow me to create small, organized groups.
Each group will be assigned a color. The plastic folders will allow each group to organize their work. The problem solving book will be used as a resource for student activities. The white boards will be available for students to use if they need to draw a visual to help them solve their problem. The use of manipulatives such as the tiles will also ensure that students with all learning styles will be successful. Problem solving is a life skill, so let's start now!
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