For many students, word problems and problem-solving strategies are the most difficult part of math instruction. They can learn algorithms and procedures but struggle to independently make sense of problems and work through them. So what can we, as teachers, do to help? Let me walk you my thinking and see if there is anything that resonates with you!
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## Rigorous Math Problem Solving? Consider this!

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 ... Read *the* Post

## Problem Solving in the Real World!

This week was my turn to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots, and I decided to write about a problem-solving experience I planned for my students for my birthday! I'd love for you to check it out and see what you think. Just click RIGHT HERE or the image below to zip on over.
I hope I provide some food for thought as well as some tangible ideas to try in your own classroom--and a freebie ... Read *the* Post

## Math Workshop–or Not? 5 Ways to Keep Students Learning in Math

Well, here we are...our final day of the summer math challenge! I hope you have enjoyed the series and have made some plans to try some new things this year! Is "math workshop" a buzzword in yoru school? Read on and see my thoughts on the topic!
Today's final challenge involves asking you to do some reflecting on how you actually organize your math instruction. I am constantly getting ... Read *the* Post

## Providing Quality Math Problem Solving Experiences

A few challenges ago, I talked pretty extensively about problem solving as it related to word problems with tips and suggestions and food for thought. Today I want to talk about problem solving "experiences" that are NOT word problems so that we can adjust our thinking and plan for meaningful math instruction. So here we go...some ideas to get you thinking about problem solving!
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## Planning for Meaningful Math Assessment

"Planning for math assessment" is a phrase that we might not use that often. PLANNING for instruction? Isn't it just something we DO? I think a proactive approach to assessment leads to better instruction, less stress, and more efficient use of our time. I want to bring up some different topics related to math assessment as food for thought.
Math Content Assessment
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## 6 Tips for Creating a Classroom Culture for Math Talk

So now that many of us have sketched out our year and have done some thinking about the sequence of instruction, resources we have at our disposal, and so on--it's time to start considering the math culture we want our classroom to have. This is a little less tangible than writing things down on a calendar, so I have a little food for thought as you ponder this idea.
1. Accountable Talk
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