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Summary: This book includes a series of problems based on the Deming cycle: Plan, Do, Study, Act. The activities give students opportunities to develop and hone their problem solving skills. The goal is not only get the students to learn the skills but, more importantly, to demonstrate real understanding by applying the skills and processes in all phases of their lives. This is a workbook for middle school children.
Type of Reading: family reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: The subtitle of this book “An Activity Book For Classroom Learning,” aptly describes the content. The premise of the book is that in order to manage their lives in a meaningful way, today’s students have to know how to organize and process data in an effective and manageable ways.
The structure of the program, the problem solving tools, and the believable situations to which the theory and tools can be applied provide participants with a substantive learning experience.
Pros: This book provides teachers with the a well organized program and educational resources for helping students understand the learning process and to integrate problem solving in all that they do.
Cons: To get the full impact out of the program, teachers will have to have appropriate training before they implement the program. Curriculum in succeeding years will have to build on the program so that skills learned are not lost.
Borrow or Buy: As a workbook, this is a book that you will not likely be able to borrow. The material will be used in the course of reading and working through the exercises. The book is a valuable tool for the classroom.
Educational Themes: This approach to education is focused on preparing students to be life-long learners. The program focuses on developing the tools required for making decisions in the 21st Century: processing, interpreting and applying data as part of the decision-making process.
Literary Categories: Fiction - middle grade, interactive learning, problem solving