So I decided to ask the students to discuss amongst themselves their thoughts of what is a PROBLEM?, what does it mean?. They started putting up their hands but I decided no hands up would be helpful to sieve out the student that had lots to say and the students who had the least because this would help group the students in preparation for my inquiry.
Will introducing language problems and real world contexts improve the language of maths for lower performing students in my class?
I wrote down their thoughts. I then put up another question for discussion Can you fix problems? Here is what the students said.