Teacher Review for Art of Problem Solving

Math resources are plentiful; broad but shallow

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The Art of Problem Solving site has a host of resources that could be very valuable to teachers. Courses in middle/high school math are offered, as well as a print curriculum for grades 3+ that is aligned to CCSS. There is a wealth of content targeted specifically for students preparing for math contests, which could be very helpful to teachers of advanced courses. One very unique feature of the site is the "community" section, which offers forums based on topic, location, and age group. The most useful feature on the site is the selection of videos, which excellently illustrate the basic foundations of math concepts.
My Take
While the resources offered on Art of Problem Solving are vast, the depth of the content itself is quite shallow. Real-world applications of math topics are minimal, and the DOK of most of the problems included in the curricula are 1-2. This site might help students understand more advanced topics, but ironically there is not much true, open-ended "problem solving" to be found.