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VLUS Celebrates Creative Problem Solving

VLUS Celebrates Creative Problem Solving
On Tuesday, September 29th all VLUS staff and scholars celebrated the first ever “Day of Problem Solving.” The day celebrated the creativity and perseverance needed to solve complex tasks. Working in advisory groups, scholars and staff in tackled a complex problem together. Whether talking in small groups, using diagrams on white boards, or silently working with pencil and paper, everyone took on the challenge.  At the end of the activity the groups reflected on the skills needed to take on such challenging tasks.

VLUS’s Day of Problem Solving aimed to engage the VLUS learning community in a challenging problem solving experience; to celebrate multiple problem solving strategies, creative thinking, and perseverance; and to foster collaborative and cooperative problem solving and communication. Setting the stage for a year focused on the art of problem solving in and outside of mathematics, the activity allowed scholars and staff to reflect on their own habits as problem solvers.

This focus on problem solving will be sustained throughout the year with the VLUS Problem of the Month routine, adapted from Inside Mathematics. Each month VLUS will present our scholars with a non-routine problem for them to attack. At the end of the month scholars may submit a write-up of their thinking. Three VLUS scholars will then be selected to share their thinking with the school. Again, the Problem of the Month routine focuses on celebrating the problem solving process to highlight the thinking and perseverance of all scholars.

October 1st marks VLUS first Problem of the Month called “Squirreling it Away.” VLUS looks forward to seeing what its excellent problem solvers come up with this month!