The ability to solve problems creatively and flexibly is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world, our careers, and our daily lives. Mathematics is an excellent vehicle for learning these skills, and problem solving is a wonderful way to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency in mathematics.

In this course, you will examine the research and reasoning behind the movement to emphasize problem solving as a foundation of mathematics education. You will learn how students solve problems and develop strategies for incorporating problem solving in the classroom, both as a goal and as a means for mathematical discovery. You’ll also cultivate resources for finding and creating authentic problems for students to solve both individually and collaboratively, and methods for assessing their work in a helpful, meaningful way.

With the techniques you learn in this course, you will be able to expand your students’ thought processes in a way that helps them in math class and beyond.