How a problem get students engaged

The following video shows how a group of fifth graders work on a realistic problem related to time differences. The problem is adopted from PISA 2006 questions.

What is interesting?
If you listen critically to the conversations, you will find how this problem could engage students in thinking. Solving this problem, the students seems to first imagine themselves involved in the problem. They unintentionally positioned themselves to think of consequences, related to the situation, given in the problem.

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PISA Mathematics 2012 Result: Indonesia (the 64th of 65 countries participating)

PISA OECD

To begin with, I would love to give you a little illustration on what is PISA and how it assess students’ performances. PISA is an international standard test conducted by OECD (Organisation for Economic and Cooperation Development) every three years. This test measures how students (in countries-participants) performed in mathematics, science, and reading after their compulsary basic education. In mathematics, it assesses how students realize the existence and the use of math in their real life, that is, how literate they are with mathematics.

The test is used to measure countries’ achievement in those three literacies, which perhaps, would reflect how the economic condition of the countries several years later.

For Indonesia, itself, the result of the previous test (PISA 2009) has been considered (as background) for the curriculum reform from KTSP to 2013 (new curriculum). This shows how this kind of test affects, at least, to our country.

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