PD Videos: Problem solving

These videos show various ways that ideas relating to problem solving can be used in A level Mathematics/Further Mathematics lessons. Each video is approximately five minutes in length and demonstrates a different aspect of problem solving.

The videos were filmed at the Forest School in March 2017.

Questions for reflection:
  • What features of the task used in the video encouraged student engagement?
  • How would you ensure that all students are involved, not just a vocal minority?
  • How could you adapt existing resources to develop students' questioning skills?
Related resources:

 Lesson planOpens a new window  PresentationOpens a new window  MEI problem-solving guideOpens a new window

Questions for reflection:
  • How do you achieve the right balance of supporting and challenging students?
  • Should questions/hints be purely responsive to students’ needs, or can they be planned in advance?
  • What skills do you want students to develop when you give them an unstructured problem?
Related resources:

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Related resources from the FMSP resources archive:
Questions for reflection:
  • How do you achieve the right balance of supporting and challenging students?
  • Should questions/hints be purely responsive to students’ needs, or can they be planned in advance?
  • What skills do you want students to develop when you give them an unstructured problem?
Related resources:

 Lesson planOpens a new window  PresentationOpens a new window  MEI A level problem postcardsOpens a new window

Questions for reflection:
  • Which other areas of the syllabus lend themselves well to this sort of activity?
  • How do you make sure that all students in a group benefit from the task?
  • What questions would you ask students to consider after completing such a task, to ensure useful reflection?
Related resources:

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Related resources from the FMSP resources archive:
Questions for reflection:
  • How do you ensure that students develop a positive attitude towards problem solving?
  • What are the advantages of exploring topics in a problem solving context?
  • How should problems be structured to ensure that they are accessible to all students?
Related resources:

 Lesson planOpens a new window  PresentationOpens a new window  Integrating problem solvingOpens a new window

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