Pat Wagener of Los Medanos College describes an inquiry project with his Developmental Math students:
"Through my classroom inquiry into teaching problem-solving, I have shown that students can learn to solve problems in ways that help them develop "habits of mind" with problem solving processes with the following features in the instructional plan:
Students get lots of problem solving practice, with an emphasis on long term learning of habits of mind
Students are introduced to the idea of multiple representations early, and this approach is reinforced through the curriculum materials in meaningful ways and in all aspects of the course
Students have many opportunities to share their problem solving publicly through board work "
Yu-Chung Change of Pasadena City College developed this method in an inquiry project. Here is her description of the approach:
The Writing and Reading Activities for Math Problem Solving (WRAMPS) is a nine-step process that requires students to break a word problem into small pieces by using reading and writing strategies. Students then work collaboratively and concentrate on language decoding and comprehension.