After a few weeks off from school, I noticed that we were missing a little “spark” in math class…students seemed flat…a little “out of practice” with all our work of collaborating and talking about math. I decided it was time to break out some challenge problems and to remember this phrase off our growth mindset bulletin board…

### Problem Solving Strategies!

**1. Read the problem slowly. Read it again. Read it more if necessary.**

**2. Underline important information.**

**3. Find the question and make sure you understand it.**

### Math Collaboration and Math Talk

### Modeling Quality Math Work

So after we finished, I took some samples from pages I had noticed, made photocopies, and highlighted some of the other “organizational tips” that we could also learn from! This is the third time we’ve done this so far this year, and it is SO reinforcing to those students who are working to improve their organization and serves as such a great anchor chart to hang up in the room. I OFTEN refer students to these charts to look for ways to improve their math work.