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Friday, October 18 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Teaching Through Problem Solving: A Japanese Approach to Promote Mathematical Practice

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Teaching mathematics by telling students facts and procedures may be an easy instructional method for teachers. However, when students are passively listening to teachers, their opportunities to understand mathematical concepts and procedures and to develop mathematical competencies are not maximized. As the Common Core State Standards emphasizes, students need to develop mathematical practice through active involvement in mathematics — by doing mathematical activities and solving problems — rather than just listening to teachers talk. Influenced by US publications of problem-solving, including Polya’s How to Solve It (1945) and NCTM's An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s (1980), Japanese researchers and teachers worked collaboratively to develop an approach to promote mathematical thinking and problem solving: “mondai-kaiketsu gakusyuu,” which means “teaching through problem solving” (TTP). This session will use some of the examples from Japanese mathematics textbooks to discuss key features of TTP and how schools can use this approach to promote CCSS-M mathematical practice.

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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1202