October 02, 2002

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*Content Acquisition in Problem Based Learning:
Depth versus Breadth . . .*

In a traditional setting learning does not help students to retain the knowledge acquired for a long time and no higher order thinking is involved, and hence find difficulty in applying real-life situations. Problem Based Learning(

How can I use

As a mathematics teacher, my concern is the balance of traditional teaching and

Problems are carefully structured in such a way students will encounter worthy bodies of knowledge. Study the contents to be taught in an analytical approach, and prepare the questions to help the students understand the problems which reveal the concepts and applications.

How to create an ill structured problem to initiate learning which suits the curriculum, and above all the role of a teacher in the

Research(Library and websites) to facilitate the students understand the problems clearly and guide them to find solutions by themselves, and correct them to be in track, if needed, because students can never be 100% sure to have made the right decisions.

Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of

Leo Tolstoy

October 09, 2002

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*Problem Based Learning:*

How it is learned is as important as what is learned. In many cases, goal of the learner initiates learning. Group learning and problem based learning(

How effectively

My objective is not to dictate or attempt to proceduralize the thinking but to challenge the learner's critical thinking. And try to be a consultant or a coach, should not tell the students what to do or how to think. As an educator, I should devote more time to make sure many information resources and instructional materials are available to all my students. As part of this, I am using MidiMax and Avid technology to create math. lessons in D.V.D.'s for my high school students.

Through projects and other assignments doing outside the classroom my students can score upto 15% of the total grade which is dictated in our school policy and hence I encourage every student to take active part very actively in the projects and

For assignment assessments I prepare many rubrics which modify regularly.

Leo Tolstoy

October 23, 2002

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*Problem Based Learning for Traditional and
Interdisciplinary Classrooms*

As information collected, gaps and conflicts within the data are noted. Teachers do not tell the students what they should ask for, what they should think about the data, or how to resolve conflicts within the information.

When dealing with ill structured problem in problem based learning(

Research, collecting data and analyzing them are very critical in

How do we quantify the qualities is another issue. Since

As present policies do not provide much time for

When interdisciplinary aspect is concerned, what are the other teacher's suggestions and opinions are to be honored is another issue.

Encourage each student to use problem logs, which is a journal-type record for the development of the problem. Specific assignment planned for the log help educators keep track of student's thinking. As the date gathering, sharing, and analysis develop, the teacher begins to ask the class to build strategy options that seem feasible to them.

To test the validity of problem-based curriculum in improving problem solving, students should be given a pre test and post test problem solving activity, before and after the

Leo Tolstoy

November 13, 2002

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*Problem-Based Learning as Classroom Solution *

Problem-based learning(

In the self-directed learning process, each student have accountability and keep their log for self assessment, and develop many social and metacognitive skills. Students work like professional problem solvers and involve in higher order thinking.

Through

Possibilities of

One of the questions in my previous class was,

"Maria has $5.05 in quarters and dimes. The number of quarters exceeds twice the number of dimes by 1. Find the number she has of each kind."

I noticed a very serious thinking was going on as it was a real world problem. But we cannot use this sort of questions all the time before teaching many basic concepts of math. Here, in many different ways we can find its solution. But certain performance standards are to be met in the Regents examination when solving questions like this.

A student may be capable of solving this problem even without knowing how to solve linear equations, and verbal sentences. Where is the State Performance Standards?

Facilitating the problem-solving process requires honing teachers' skills in asking questions and probing students' responses.

Through

Leo Tolstoy

November 20, 2002

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*Problem Based Learning for Traditional and
Interdisciplinary classrooms*

The instructional approach extensively used in the medical education throughout the world is problem-based learning(

Most learning occurs within the small groups rather than class room lectures and each student assume a major responsibility for their own instruction and learning. In other words it is a self-directed learning process involves many cognitive skills and higher order thinking, and facing the real world problems create more enthusiasm and motivation.

Elaboration provides redundancy in the memory structure which reduces forgetting and abets retrieval. Traditional programs are boring, irrelevant, and anxiety-provoking and seek to reproduce the factual information. But problem-solving proficiency and clinical competency are higher in problem-based learning(

How should problem-based learning(

And more over how effectively it can be used in high school mathematics without sacrificing the standardized tests like Regents examinations and ACT?

The difference between the traditional, factual learning and the

In

Problems are selected and sequenced to ensure to activate the prior knowledge of the students to understand the new experience/information.

Select the context in which information is learned resembles the context in which it will later be applied.