I tried using Problem Solving approach with my new target students - and they struggled to follow the process. Therefore, I changed the problem solving approach a little bit.
1. Warm Up - knowledge number activity eg. Number Talk - whole class
2. Split the class into two groups - mixed ability groupings - stages 0&1 together as one group AND stages 2&3 together as the other.
3. The group that I work with on the day - direct teach them with the stragety that I need them to use. Eg, show them how to count all objects (from two sets) to solve a problem. FRONTLOADING
4. Launch the Problem - unpack with the students - Use TALK MOVES such as repetition, rephrasing and wait time - to get students engaged and involved in the unpacking. I do role play if it is hard to understand, or do hands on work etc. - with MATERIALS
5. Independent thinking - this is really hard to establish, they need to practice more, it helps them to think deeper. Lots of practice needed.
6. Peer Share - students to share their strategy with another person/s. (Teacher is MONITORING, SELECTING & SEQUENCING students ideas while they share their thinking with their partner)
7. Whole Class Sharing - students to share their thinking with the whole class in the order identified by the teacher (in step 6)
8. Making Connections - This is a bit hard to achieve at my year level but it happens at stage 2&3 group. Students who are counting all objects are learning how to image numbers in their head or counting on from the largest number.
I can't wait to see how my idea above impact my students learning of mathematical language, attitude towards learning Maths, and understanding of strategies use to solve Maths problems at each stage.