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

Presenter Bio

Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences
around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and
school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun
and challenging for them as well as his unique sense of humor which comes
through in his classes and workshops. Ed has taught students of all ages and
abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He has a Masters degree
in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed’s work is currently
being used around the world and has been translated into several languages
including Chinese and Korean. 

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

  1. tom – GREENEVIEW LOCAL (verified owner)

    If you are a math teacher, this class gives you some ideas on how to solve problems that you probably have not even heard of before.

  2. Courtney – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    This was awesome for Math Teachers! I am going to buy his book!

  3. Carrie – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I found that there were strategies that were helpful for my own children to use to help them with problem solving.

  4. Deanna – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Make you think how to use the language of algebra. It has challenging problems to solve.

  5. MELINDA M – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    This course had some good ideas.

  6. Rudy – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    This course made me understand that it is ok to give students challenging math problems that they might not get correct the first time. This helps them take their time and think critically to solve it, which in turn will make them excellent problem solvers when they enter the work force.

  7. Dennice – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I loved this course! I got some great ideas for helping kids with with very tricky problems. These strategies can be used in many scenarios. I was a little nervous about taking because I teach 5th grade Math but it was well worth my time.

  8. Vincent – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful in breaking down the problem into an easily understandable format.

  9. CLAUDIA IVETTE – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    If your a math wiz, this is the course for you.

  10. Amber – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was higher level than what I teach but I did find it interesting as I have not had to solve problems like these in many years!

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