We have all heard the word “rigorous” with regards to math instruction and math tasks. What exactly IS math rigor and how can we encourage it?
What does NCTM say?
The National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics gives a few hints about this. See what you think.
- Math tasks should require effort. Consider exactly what that “just right” effort is–enough to challenge students with enough frustration to engage but not enough to frustrate.
- Tasks should be rich and have multiple entry points and opportunities to extend and enrich.
- Solutions can be “messy” and have multiple solutions. In fact, the solution is less important than the problem-solving process itself.
- Rigorous math tasks contain math content that is relevant to students and develops connections among math concepts.
- Quality math tasks develop strategic and flexible thinking. Students who are engaged in these tasks use their reasoning and number sense to help them proceed.
- Rigorous math experiences involve active learning and involve ALL students, not just our brightest.
- Finally, problem-solving does not need to be a solitary experience! Encourage partners and teams to work together, talk about math, and succeed together.
Open-ended challenges for grades 2-3
As you know, developing rigorous math tasks is one of my passions, and I just wanted to give you a little “heads up” that I have added the third of four open-ended tasks to my latest growing bundle! That set of summer challenges (perfect for warm weather problem solving–tasks include campfires, visiting a festival, a trip to the beach) and can be found by clicking RIGHT HERE. The price of the BUNDLED resource WILL be going up once the final resource is added, so you should consider grabbing it now. Watch for the final component to be added this March. Already own this bundle? Go grab that update!
This set of challenges is perfect for your class if…
- You teach grades 2 or 3 and want ways to challenge your students and develop their problem-solving strategies and perseverance.
- Or you teach grades 4 or 5 and your students are inexperienced problem solvers who need experience with complex tasks with less complex computation.
- You want opportunities to immerse your students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Maybe you need quality math tasks for math stations or centers.
- Your math series has taken the “thinking” out of problem-solving where students don’t need to apply multiple strategies or skills within a single problem.
- You need ready-to-print, low-prep math activities for your fast finishers that are meaningful and engaging.
- And so much more!
Interested? CLICK HERE to grab it!
You may be interested in a similar resource that is geared more for grades 4-5–just CLICK HERE to see those challenges!
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