Teaching Problem Solving

http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/teaching-activities/problem-solving/

Nice page with tips for teaching problem solving to students. Definitely could apply to teaching computer technology!

It points to this very nice Web page http://www.math.utah.edu/%7Ealfeld/math/polya.html which summarizes George Polya’s famous How to Solve it Book.

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What It Takes to Be Great article

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/10/30/8391794/index.htm?postversion=2006101915

“Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work”

explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition

Makes some great points about the proper kind of hard work:

  • explicitly intended to improve performance
  • reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence
  • provides feedback on results
  • involves high levels of repetition
  • Consistency is crucia