Math 396 Course Page

Elementary Problem Solving 

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Ron Wiebe, Fall 2014

 

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

Ron's Syllabus
Assignments & Due Dates
 
Text HW Cover Sheet

Official State Scoring Guide

Plain Language Student Scoring Guide
Plain Language Scoring Guide Spanish
 
NCTM Home
Intro to Scoring Guide
Student Problem Solving Tips
Scoring Sheets
 
Common Core State Standards - By Design
K-8 Feedback Form
 

 


Course Assignments and Due Dates

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Assignment

Due Date & Time

Day 1 Assignment

Before class Wed 10/1

Write a draft letter to your buddy

Before Class Thurs 10/2

Keep an eye on your email for comments on your letters from me or my assistant Sally.

•  Promptly address comments. If you wait more than a day to resolve a comment you will be marked down.

•  Once you have adequately addressed a comment click "resolve".

•  If you disagree with a comment, click on the comment and a reply box will appear below. Explain your disagreement and then click “reply”.

•  Once your comments have all been resolved. I (or Sally) will reread your letter. If we feel your letter still needs work we will write more comments and we repeat this process.

•  When I (or Sally) feel your letter is done we will comment "Ready to print". This means you are done. You will print your letter and bring it to class on Monday.

If you do not get comments right away, please be patient – we have over 30 to do.
Monday, 10/6 -- Monday, 10/13
Using the official state scoring guide score the work of your buddy(s) and your partners' buddy(s) (here). Circle the scores on the page and bring them along with your copy of the scoring guide to class on Wednesday for the scoring workshop. Before class Wed. 10/8
Remember Wednesday 10/8 is our Scoring Workshop - Do Not Miss! Meet in the Willamette Room @ 10am
Using the official state scoring guide re-score the work of your buddy(s) and each of your partners' buddy(s) (here) using a scoring sheet and following the directions in the scoring guide directions.

Bring completed to class on Thurs. 10/9

Finish revising your letters on the Google drive.

Keep an eye on your email for comments on your letters from me or my assistant Sally.

•  Promptly address comments. If you wait more than a day to resolve a comment you will be marked down.

•  Once you have adequately addressed a comment click "resolve".

•  If you disagree with a comment, click on the comment and a reply box will appear below. Explain your disagreement and then click “reply”.

•  Once your comments have all been resolved. I (or Sally) will reread your letter. If we feel your letter still needs work we will write more comments and we repeat this process.

•  When I (or Sally) feel your letter is done we will comment "Ready to print". This means you are done. You will print your letter and bring it to class on Monday.

If you do not get comments right away, please be patient – we have over 30 to do.

Bring Printed letter to class Monday 10/13 @ beginning of class.

Letters not printed before class will be considered LATE

Text HWK #1 : Ch. 1 Set A: 2, 7, 13; Ch. 2 Set A: 4,6,10 Thurs. 10/16 2:00 pm

Over the weekend, go to the Google Drive and do the following:

  • Read you own buddy letters and their work on the Jewel problem
  • Score your buddy(ies) work using the Response Process.
  • Draft a letter to your own buddy using the directions in the Response Process form. Write the letters on the Google Drive as before.
  • Read your WOU Partner buddy work and score their buddy(ies) work

** For a reminder of how to copy the template and create your letters, click here

Mon. 10/20 @ beginning of class

Comment on your assigned WOU Partner buddy's letters. You will be graded on:

  • The quality of your comments on your WOU partner's letters
Tuesday 10/21 @ noon

Group Journal Quiz (the article was passed out in class but is also available on our google drive).

You MUST bring a page of notes about the article to class in order to take your quiz with a group; otherwise you will have to work alone.

Wed. 10/22 in class
Text HWK #2: Chapter 3 Set A: 5,7; Classic 17; Set B: 4 Wed. 10/22 @2pm
Revise your letters based on your WOU Partner's comments Wednesday 10/22 @ beginning of class

Finish revising your letters on the Google drive.

Keep an eye on your email for comments on your letters from me or my assistant Sally.

•  Promptly address comments. If you wait more than a day to resolve a comment you will be marked down.

•  Once you have adequately addressed a comment click "resolve".

•  If you disagree with a comment, click on the comment and a reply box will appear below. Explain your disagreement and then click “reply”.

•  Once your comments have all been resolved. I (or Sally) will reread your letter. If we feel your letter still needs work we will write more comments and we repeat this process.

•  When I (or Sally) feel your letter is done we will comment "Ready to print". This means you are done. You will print your letter and bring it to class on Thursday.

If you do not get comments right away, please be patient – we have over 30 to do.
Thursday 10/23 @ beginning of class

Group Journal Quiz (the article will be passed out in class but is also available on our google drive).

You MUST bring a page of notes about the article to class in order to take your quiz with a group; otherwise you will have to work alone.

Wed. 10/29 in class

Text HWK #3 Chapter 6 Set A: 4,7,10,12
Do each problem two ways:

  1. Using an organized guess and check table.
  2. Using algebra.
It should be clear how your algebraic equation relates to your table.
Thursday 10/30 @ 2pm
Fun Fair Planning Thursday 10/30 in class

Draft of letter to buddies

  • This letter is will be more general in nature than the last letter. You will not be trying to help them fix all their mistakes in this letter
  • Refer to the linked document when writing this letter
Friday 10/31 @ midnight
Comments on parnter letters Saturday 11/1 @ midnight
Revise own letters based on comments Sunday 11/2 @ midnight
Score on your own buddies and your partner's buddies and defend your scores in the comment section of the scoring sheet Monday 11/3 in class
Final letters to class Wednesday 11/5 in class
Text HWK #4 Chapter 4 set A:2, 5, 10, 11 Thursday 11/6 @ 2pm
PROBLEM SOLVING EXAM IS SCHEDULED FOR WED. 11/12
Text HWK #5 Chapter 9 Set A  #3, 4, 6, More Practice #2 Mon. 11/10 @ 2pm
PROBLEM SOLVING EXAM

Exam 1 Review Topics

Exam 1 Review Sheet

New buddy work for the Candy Bars problem has been uploaded to our google drive in the folder Candy Bars / ACES work.

Write buddy letter(s) using these guidelines. (No help on their work this time!)

Tues. 11/11 midnight

You have the same WOU partners

Comment on your partners letter(s) making sure they follow the letter guidelines. If you fail to correct a mistake they made both of you will lose points.

Wed. 11/12 midnight
Score the work of your buddy and your WOU partners buddy(s) using a scoring sheet with the scoring directions guide. Wed. 11/12 4:30 pm
Revise your letters based on your partner's comments. If you want me to look at your letter, email me and let me know by Thursday 8am . Thursday 11/13
Print final letter(s) and bring to class Thursday 11/13 @ beginning of class
   
Bring copies (printed or electronic) of all problems or worksheets to be used in the fun fair if applicable to your group Thursday 11/20 @ beginning of class

Draft of letter using these guidelines

Friday 11/21 @ midnight

Comments on Partner's letters

Saturday 11/22 @ midnight

Write and Print Final letter

If you want your instructor to look at it, let me know by Monday @ 8am

Mon 11/24 @ beginning of class
Score your and your partner's buddies Monday 11/24 @ beginning of class
Text HWK #6 Chapter 10 Set A1  #2, Set A2 #8, Classic #20, More Practice #4 Chapter 11 Set A #3, 8, 10, 14 Wed. 11/26 @ 2pm
Journal Quiz Wed. 11/26

Finals Week Office Hours: TBD

Final Exam Time: Monday 12/8, 10:00-11:50am