Professional Development Institute
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Why do students seem to have such a difficult time with the mathematical problem-solving process? The recent advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics has shifted the focus from teaching problem solving to teaching via problem solving. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Specific strategies are introduced that improve the way students approach math problems. Information on the problem-solving process is shared together with distinct suggestions for incorporating specific problem-solving strategies such as finding a pattern, working backwards, and logical reasoning. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.
"The content and resources were very detailed and topic specific. There was a wealth of background information provided about the development of the current math standards." - Kelly Ann Cherry
Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.
“Making Number Talks Matter” by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker
If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List
Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus
PDI Course Number: 32T02
UCSD Course Number: EDUC41594