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50 Problem-solving Lessons, Grades 1-6: The Best from 10 Years of Math Solutions Newsletters Paperback – August 5, 1996


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Math Solutions (August 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941355160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941355162
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilyn Burns is a renowned math specialist and has been teaching for more than thirty years. She is the creator of Math Solutions and the author of numerous books and articles.

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It really isn't that important to understand why.
A. Chong
As with all Marilyn Burns/Math Solutions publications, this is a must have resource for all teachers.
K. P.
Each lesson has captured the interest of the students and helped experience a basic math concept.
Bruce A. Bucholz

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Bucholz on February 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a classroom special education teacher with 20 years of experience I have found this book to be a refreshing approach to teaching students. Marilyn Burns describes the lesson plans in this book as how they were actually presented to the students in the classroom. Marilyn uses a dialogue approach in showing teachers how to implement a given lesson. She also connects each math lesson to a writing exercise where the students have to explain the process that they used when solving the given math problem. Marilyn also gives examples of the students writing for each lesson. The lesson plans in this math book are based on Constructivist Theory. Jean Piaget's work forms the basis for Constructivist Theory. I have tried 10 of the Problem Solving lessons in my class from this book. Each lesson has captured the interest of the students and helped experience a basic math concept. Usually after I have done one of the lessons from this book the students always tell me how much fun the math class was and that they would like to do that given activity again. I also enjoy teaching the math lessons. Although as a special education teacher I did make a few modifications to the lesson before I presented it in my classroom. I highly recommend this book to any math teacher.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Randolph on September 14, 2006
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I have used this book as a teacher of Kindergarteners, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders. I now use it as a Homeschooling mom of 3. It seems that chikdren no longer "learn by doing". Marilyn Burns reminds us that the "process" tells us as much as the final result when it comes to how children process math knowledge. You will not regret this purchase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. P. on December 30, 2008
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I love this book...I have used it with grades 2-5 and have found great success. As with all Marilyn Burns/Math Solutions publications, this is a must have resource for all teachers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JOSE CARLOS SUZUKI on January 31, 2013
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I liked it so much that I'm looking for more publications on problem-solving.
I'm a math teacher in a public school in São Paulo, Brazil, and just finished a small study on problem solving in my graduate.
Now I will apply some lessons with my students.
Thanks a lot.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Chong on May 24, 2014
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California tried reform math back in the 1990's. After dropping to 50th in the nation, they dropped it.
But it's creeping back in.

If you think that "deep understanding" of how to do multiplication or long division is important, well, it's not. It's one of those things you learn quickly and well before moving on to real problem solving with abstract concepts--algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus. And the single biggest thing I see preventing kids from problem solving at the algebra/geometry level, is lack of fluency and practice at basic computation and pre-algebra problems. It really isn't that important to understand why.

I went to a little technical school in Cambridge, MA, and a holistic understanding of computation was just not important. Problem solving on difficult high school and college math type problems, math team style, was.

I think the problem with these approaches is what the Russians recognize as cognitive overload. If you type by thinking about where the letters are, you'll never type fast. And it's not important. What is important is having the letters and words automatic enough that you can think about the plot development of the great American novel that you're typing.

From another website critiquing reform math:

Marilyn Burns is vague about specific math learning objectives. But she's clear that children shouldn't learn standard arithmetic. Here are quotes from Teaching Arithmetic, Part III of in About Teaching Mathematics: A K-8 Resource.

--"Facility with standard paper-and-pencil arithmetic is no longer the measure of arithmetic understanding and competence.
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