Rich Problem Solving
What does rich problem solving look like?
Paying attention to Mathematics Education talks about the importance of math involving several aspects. Some of which include:
Starting with the curriculum
planning and looking across the grades at key concepts in the curriculum
explore and make sense of the patterns across the strands
apply their knowledge and extend the knowledge
develop a deeper understanding
engaging students as co-learners in the development of math concepts
higher level thinking skills (math process in the curriculum)
multiple approaches to learning
fostering questions (variety of ways)
opportunities to consolidate their learning
development of learning goals and success criteria based on student learning
Math Learning Picture Number 2
When looking at learning picture number 2, it seems as though the teacher provided a rich problem where students were engaged in solving the problem and sharing their ideas with the class. They seemed to discuss various strategies in developing their solution including an array, numerical/algorithm, and a chart (I think it is a chart). This rich problem clearly connects with the number sense strand and possibly measurement (area). There is an opportunity to solve the problem in multiple ways as well in order for the student(s) to share their thinking/ communicate their understanding (process). It is evident that rich problems in a classroom are successful when students are engaged and feel safe and comfortable to share their learning.
It is difficult to completely determine if this was a rich task or not, but it seems as though it has been by looking at the communication of the student's ideas and her engagement.