Math 396 Course Page

Elementary Problem Solving 

Cheryl's Home Page / Ron's Home Page


 Cheryl Beaver / Ron Wiebe, Fall 2013

 

Course Materials

Text: “Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students, 2nd Edition ”, by Ken Johnson,Ted Herr, and Judy Kysh; ISBN: 978-0-470-46473-1

Coursepack: The coursepack is available for purchase at the bookstore.

Course Resources

Cheryl's Syllabus

Assignments & Due Dates
 
Ron's Syllabus

Text HW Cover Sheet

Scoring Guide
Scoring Sheets
 
NCTM Home
Intro to Scoring Guide
Student Problem Solving Tips
Plain Language Student Scoring Guide
   
K-8 Feedback Form
 

 


Course Assignments and Due Dates

* course schedule and assignments subject to change - check back often and refresh browser

Assignment

Due Date & Time

Day 1 Assignment

Tues.10/1 @ midnight

Comment on the letters written by your partners

Thurs 10/3 @ midnight

Score your own buddies' work Friday 10/4 @ beginning of class
Revise letters to your own buddies based on comments of your partners Sat. 10/5 @ noon
Re-score your own buddies' work and the buddies of your partners using the appropriate scoring sheet: Own / Peer Mon 10/7 @ beginning of class
Letters assessed by your teacher to need more revision will have deductions and will need a final revision Tues 10/8 @ noon
Final letter to your buddies, printed and signed Wed 10/9 @ beginning of class
Read Chapters 1 & 2 of Textbook Fri 10/11 @ beginning of class
Read Chapter 3 of Textbook Mon 10/14 @ beginning of class

Journal Quiz: group quiz

  • Download journal article from Google Drive
  • Make a page of notes and bring to class
  • No notes? Take quiz alone

 

Wed 10/16 @ beginning of class
Ch 1 HW Set A: #4, 7, 13 & Ch 2 HW Set A: #1, 7, 13 (attach scoring sheet from coursepack)

Fri 10/18 @ beginning of class

Scoring of Candy Problem (Scoring Sheet) Mon 10/21 @ beginning of class
1st Draft of Letters to buddies. Instructions for this letter are in the link. Post letters to the Google Drive. Sun 10/20 @ noon
Comments on your WOU Partner's buddy letters Mon 10/21 @ midnight
Revisions to buddy letters based on comments Wed 10/23 @ midnight
Fun Fair Planning Assignment Fri 10/25 @ beginning of class

Comments from instructors will be posted by Sat. @ noon. If more revisions needed (See Candy Letter Prompt Ideas), make corrections ASAP and email your teacher that you are done by Sun 10/27 @ 3pm

If no revisions are needed, your teacher will say so in the comments.

Sun 10/27 @ 3pm final revisions and emails to teachers due (only if teacher requested corrections)
Final letters printed and brought to class Mon 10/28 @ beginning of class

Ch 3 HW Set A: #2, 5, 11 & Ch 6 Set A: #6, 7, 12

Mon 10/28 @ beginning of class

Draft of Buddy Letters using the following criteria Sun 11/3 @ noon
Problems scored on Scoring Sheet Mon 11/4 @ beginning of class
Comments to WOU partners on their letters Mon 11/4 @ midnight

Revisions to letters based on comments

If you want your instructor to read your revised letter and offer feedback, then complete revisions and email your instructor by Tues @ noon

Tues 11/5 @ midnight

Letters printed scores finalized (We will assemble folders to send back to buddies in class)

Wed 11/6 @ beginning of class
Ch 6 HW Set A: #6 (Use Algebra) & Ch 13 Set A #2, 6, 11 (Hint: Use similar triangles and proportions on #11) Wed 11/6 @ beginning of class
Ch 4 HW Set A: #5, 8, 11, 12 Fri 11/8 @ beginning of class

Journal Quiz:

  • Download journal article "Why Not Tell Students How?" from Google Drive
  • Make a page of notes and bring to class
  • No notes? Take quiz alone
Fri 11/8 @ beginning of class
Ferris Wheel Problem Mon 11/11 @ beginning of class

Study for Problem Solving Exam

Review Sheet

  • Activities 1-7 in Course Pack
Wed 11/13
Score your own buddies' work and the buddies of your partners using the appropriate scoring sheet: Own / Peer Fri 11/15

Letter written for 2nd Candy Problem

Guidelines for letter

Fri 11/15 @ beginning of class

Journal Quiz:

  • Download journal article "Improving Problem Solving through Drawing" from Google Drive
  • Make a page of notes and bring to class
  • No notes? Take quiz alone
Fri 11/22 @ beginning of class
Letter written for Revision of 2nd Candy Problem - Instructions Sun 11/24 @ midnight
Score your own buddies' work and the buddies of your partners using the appropriate scoring sheet: Own / Peer Mon 11/25 @ beginning of class
Comments to WOU partner's letters Mon 11/25 @ midnight

Ch 9 HW Set A: #4, 12, Classic #16

Ch 10 HW Set A1: #2, Set A2 #8, Classic Set #20

Wed 11/27 @ beginning of class
Final scores on revisions Wed 11/27 @ beginning of class

Final copies of letters printed

Mon 12/2 @ beginning of class

Buddy Name Posters Decorated (Example 1 Example 2)

Mon 12/2 @ beginning of class

Retakes of Test 1 Problem Solving

Done by Wed 12/4 Schedule 2 hour time with Sharon

Ch 11 HW Set A #3, 5, 13, Set B #3

Wed 12/4 @ beginning of class

Ch 12 HW Set A #3, 6, 11, 14, 17

Recommended for the final exam; there will be a couple Venn Diagram problems on the final

Do not turn in
Fun Fair Schedule Fri 12/6

Final Exam Review

Solutions

Finals Week Office Hours: TBD

Final Exam Times: Beaver: Wed 12/11 from 10:00 - 11:50am

Wiebe: Mon 12/ 9 from 10:00 - 11:50am