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

  1. Thomas – BOLING ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  2. Niles – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Provided some good math strategies


    Took this course and completed the training. Took the quiz on Math problems, got 100%, but it still shows 62% completion, which sucks. Please do something about it, we are taking our time to do this, and not getting credit for it.

  4. Maricela – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    It explains practical strategies that students can use to solve math problems.

  5. Luis – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  6. Jordan – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Not what I thought this was going to be. I am an elementary teacher.

  7. Penney – Region 17 (verified owner)

    Taught to think a little outside of the box.

  8. Theresa – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting and entertaining. I hade difficulty quickly coming up with answers. It takes time to process the information.

  9. Claudia – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent way to see problems differently! I really enjoyed this course. I’ll definitely be incorporating some of these methods in class.

  10. Alma – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Enjoyed this type of training.

  11. Trisha – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    I love the challenge problems and the methods we can use to help students better understand how to solve them.

  12. jaime – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    it was ok

  13. Juan – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    great math thinking skills for students to use to better understand the problems

  14. Barbra – SAN DIEGO ISD (verified owner)


  15. Isolda – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and great explanations on how to solve challenging problems

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

    Made me think! Loved it!

  17. Eunice – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

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

  18. Ida – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This is good for elementary teachers.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Tracy – GREEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Great strategies!

  22. Donna – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  23. Haley – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

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

  24. 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.

  25. Adriana – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

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

  26. Tomas – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Great video.

  27. Ray – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Makes you think

  28. Heather – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

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

  29. Beatriz – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    An interesting course for math lovers.

  30. Mark – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

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

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