This course provides a structured, in-depth look at Teaching Through Problem-Solving, an approach that builds students’ mathematical knowledge, reasoning, and dispositions through problem-solving.
Welcome to the Teaching Through Problem-Solving (TTP) online course. Teaching Through Problem-Solving is an approach to mathematics teaching that allows students to build mathematical reasoning and habits of mind as they learn each topic in the mathematics curriculum.
What Will I Learn in this Course?
In this course, you will:
- Examine Teaching Through Problem-Solving: its purpose, how it supports students to learn mathematics, and how to use it in your classroom
- Examine a TTP mathematics lesson, through video and materials from an experienced practitioner
- Plan a topic from your own curriculum using the TTP approach
Each session may include:
- a preview of the session’s learning goals
- session content via videos, readings, and other interactive material
- questions or other tasks to help you reflect on your learning
What is the Course Structure?
The course is divided into three modules, each consisting of a number of shorter inquiries.
|Course Structure||Estimated Time Needed to Complete|
|Module 1: Introduction to TTP||1 hour 15 minutes|
|1.1: Teaching Through Problem-solving Overview||20 minutes|
|1.2: How TTP Relates to the Curriculum||10 minutes|
|1.3: The 4 Phases of a TTP Lesson||45 minutes|
|Module 2: TTP Instructional Routines||2 hours 25 minutes|
|2.1: Board Organization||6o minutes|
|2.2: Student Reflective Journals||25 minutes|
|2.3: Discussion||60 minutes|
|Module 3: See TTP in Action||2 hours 10 minutes|
|3.1: Explore the Content||60 minutes|
|3.2: Board Organization||10 minutes|
|3.3: Teacher Questioning||30 minutes|
|3.4: Neriage (“Kneading”) Discussion||15 minutes|
|3.5: Student Reflective Journals||15 minutes|
|Module 4: Try TTP in Your Own Practice||4 hours 30 minutes|
|4.1: Study||90 minutes|
|4.2: Plan||90 minutes|
| 4.3: Teach
| 4.4: Reflect
| 4.5: Next Steps
Here you can find a printable version of this table, with a column added to check off topics as you complete them. We recommend maintaining the order of the modules, but there is flexibility to do the course:
- Independently or with colleagues
- In a few longer work sessions or many shorter work sessions