10 Challenging Math Problems and Strategies to Successfully Solve Them


Presenter: Ed Zaccaro, Hickory Grove Press
Core Area: 
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1D, 1E; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3B, 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

How can you make math problems engaging and fun for your students? In this 1-hour course from Hickory Grove Press, Ed Zaccaro demonstrates how to challenge your students while creating an enriched learning environment for math. Once you have completed this session, you’ll have a better understanding of how to incorporate real-life math problems into your classroom so students can apply problem-solving skills.

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Problem-solving can be difficult, even for gifted students. This is why it’s important that each student has a "tool belt" of problem-solving strategies. Many of the strategies presented in this session will force students to change their normal thinking patterns and approach each problem in a different way.

You will leave this session with many unique problem-solving techniques that will help all students be more successful in math contests and on tests – including district achievement, SAT, and ACT tests. Each participant will conclude the session with 10 math problems that they can take back and implement immediately in their classroom. These problems will help teachers both interest and challenge their students of all ages.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to present challenging and engaging math problems
  • The power of exponents
  • How to solve problems with a function machine
  • About the 2-10 method
  • The language of algebra and how to solve real-life problems
  • Basic probability and counterintuitive problems
  • How to teach probability in younger grades

Other courses in this series:

Pathway to Mathematical Understanding in Early Childhood
The Missing Part in Most Math Instruction – How to Think Algebraically
8 Ways to Spark Intellectual Curiosity and Passion in Mathematically Gifted Students

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29 reviews for 10 Challenging Math Problems and Strategies to Successfully Solve Them

  1. Isolda – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and great explanations on how to solve challenging problems

  2. Myrna – HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD (EL PASO) (verified owner)

    Made me think! Loved it!

  3. Eunice – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the challenging math problems and the different ways one can successfully solve them.

  4. Ida – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This is good for elementary teachers.

  5. Jamie – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I loved all the problem solving techniques shared and the humor of the presenter. The presenter also has classroom experience that is applicable for me as a teacher.

  6. Teresita – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoy listening to Mr. Zaccaro’s videos every time. They are very interesting. He explains every problem so thoroughly.

  7. Tracy – GREEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great strategies!

  8. Donna – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  9. Haley – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course! Made my mind work and kept me thinking the whole time.

  10. Rebekah – OLENTANGY LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was interesting to hear the different methods that he used to problem solve and those are always useful in life.

  11. Adriana – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Examples of math problems were very challenging. I liked the 2-10 Method Problem Solving for my students.

  12. Tomas – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great video.

  13. Ray – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Makes you think

  14. Heather – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    The challenging problems were interesting. Gave different methods to solve problems rather than the usual methods.

  15. Beatriz – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    An interesting course for math lovers.

  16. Mark – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    A good encapsulation of math problem solving strategies for early and middle grades students.

  17. Dawn – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    This course was great! It reminded me how fun problem solving really is

  18. Mark – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the session! Ed was engaging and funny!

  19. Tony – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Fun problems to consider and engage students!

  20. Micah – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course.

  21. Laura – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Great thinking visible here to problem solve

  22. Paula – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    I really liked each example. I found each problem engaging and think my gifted students would also find them engaging. They also strongly aligned with my curriculum (middle school math) therefore I feel I could use many of these problems in class and of course, the strategies they exemplify.

  23. Billy – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    I loved this course! I found myself saving and noting about these problems and thinking of how I could use them throughout my teaching!

  24. Pam – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the course! It really had me thinking! It made me realize I need to provide more challenging mathematical tasks for my higher-level students.

  25. Jeremy – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    its ok

  26. Nicole – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Would be good for higher level grades, not primary

  27. Brian – GREEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great strategies were presented to solve what seem to be impossible or very difficult problems.

  28. Lorraine – Los Angeles Unified School District (verified owner)

    It was engaging and relevant.

  29. Dionne – Yellow Springs Exempted Village (verified owner)

    Great strategies delivered clearly and in a fun way.

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