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Collaborative problem solving occurs when learners solve problems in a group which exposes them to new strategies and opportunities to communicate their mathematical thinking. This sharing helps students reflect on their problem solving approaches and expands their Mathematical Flexibility.
Apply It to Your Learning Environment
Asking open-ended questions about how learners used strategies to solve problems supports their mathematical thinking and strengthens their Language Skills by having them explain their reasoning.
Educators can assign challenging problems for learners to work on independently then in small groups. Giving them the opportunity to tackle the problems individually first supports varying Speeds of Processing.
As learners work with others, they can explore the same problem with different strategies, developing their Operations, Estimation, and Place Value skills, and learn which strategies work best for them.
Utilize breakout rooms and the chat feature for small, online groups.
Provide visuals to support oral instructions during synchronous online learning.
Provide instructions in different formats and languages for learners.
Provide pictures or visual representations of the steps particularly for English Language Learners.
Watch how this kindergarten teacher facilitates collaborative problem solving with a small group of students. By asking questions that stimulate strategy use, she supports their mathematical thinking and strengthens their Language Skills by having them explain their reasoning.
Apply It to Product Development
Products can support collaborative problem solving by allowing learners to display and share their thinking with their peers, even at a distance.
Include features that let learners copy or combine pieces of their individual work to create a shared answer that best represents their discussion and reasoning.
The facilitation of these discussions on such a platform can support increased Attention and the development of Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.
Providing a structured way for learners to think about a question and discuss their thoughts with a partner before sharing with the larger group allows them to practice their skills and participate while speaking with and listening to others.
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