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Open-ended Problem Solving: Lower Secondary
Meaningful activities to develop students’ skills and strategies
Open-ended Problem Solving for Lower Secondary is designed to support students who need practice to build their skills and strategies. For the teacher, it provides a relevant, easy-to-use resource, while for students it offers an enjoyable way to consolidate and progress their problem-solving skills. Fitting readily with the curriculum, the activities provide open-ended, challenging questions that get students thinking mathematically on a regular basis. In using more than one strategy to answer a specific question, young mathematicians also learn that problems can be solved in more than one way and can have multiple solutions.
Harry O’Brien is an experienced primary-school teacher and an award-winning author. Through working in a wide range of schools with various socio-economic backgrounds, Harry has developed a finely tuned understanding of what students can achieve and draws on this knowledge in his writing. Over a period of 25 years he has written numerous bestselling primary textbook series, including the Maths Plus Series. Harry is the creator and major author of the highly successful Maths Box: Lime, Orange and Aqua and the Reading Box: Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. In addition to his busy publishing and writing workload, Harry oversees the day-to-day running of Teachers 4 Teachers Publications Pty Ltd.