# How might explicit teaching of problem-solving strategies using small group instruction impact students’ attitude and learning Mathematics among my fifth-grade students?

Sharon Campbell-Danvers

**Seminar Title**

How might explicit teaching of problem-solving strategies using small group instruction impact students’ attitude and learning Mathematics among my fifth-grade students?

**Concept/Strategy**

Focus of the Research

Problem Solving

**Grade Level**

Research Was Applied

5th Grade

**Relevant Grade Level**

Connections

4th Grade

**Discipline**

Where Research Was Applied

Mathematics

**Additional Discipline Areas**

I see Application to

All Disciplines

**Invitation/Commercial**

How might explicit teaching of problem-solving strategies using small group instruction impact students’ attitude and learning Mathematics among my fifth-grade students? You have all heard how important or relevant problem-solving skills are in teaching and learning? What does it look like in a primary school math classroom? How does it impact students' learning or perception of mathematics? Are problem solving skills innate or do we have to deliberately teach them to our students? If you are interested in learning more about the explicit teaching of problem solving in a primary school in the Cayman Islands, then this session is just for you. I embarked on this journey because I realized as an administrator that many children struggle with higher order questions which require them to use problem-solving skills in mathematics. The intent was to see to what extent students’ perception or attitude towards math changed because of being taught different problem-solving skills. Specifically, I implemented the problem-solving model among a group of year 5 students in my school, but I have come to realize that problem-solving is a required skill in all subject areas. The results were above my expectations, I have gained further insight as to how important it is for teachers to teach certain skills explicitly and over time students develop greater levels of confidence which will then translate into better academic outcomes. I hope that you will be inspired to embark on a journey which supports explicit teaching of key skills in the classroom to motivate and propel students’ learning and engagement. If you are currently implementing, considering or just curious about problem solving as a strategy in the learning process, then you have a date, please join me for a great discussion.