Creating a Culture of Problem Solving in Your School or Classroom


Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 9.47.39 AMMathematics instruction is frequently conducted under the false assumption that mathematics is a fixed, linear sequence of skills that must be acquired one by one until students have achieved mastery. This leaves out what makes mathematicians pursue their subject with passion and drive: the mystery and magic of math. In order to embrace the magic, the classroom must be a place where problem solving and problem-finding happen daily and are deeply embedded in its culture.  In this webinar for the Leadership 3.0 community, Gerald Aungst laid out five principles of a problem solving culture: Conjecture, Communication, Collaboration, Chaos, and Celebration. Each of these principles encompasses several mindsets and practices which enable the teacher to build that culture in the classroom. In addition, Gerald explored a few specific classroom routines which support the principles.  He also discussed how digital technology can transform these routines and practices to enable students to become powerful problem solvers. Expanding beyond the classroom walls, Gerald looked at how and why schools should embrace these principles, and the role of school leaders in supporting and facilitating the development of a problem solving culture throughout a school.  View the webinar to learn how to create a culture of problem solving in your school or classroom!

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