Comparison Problems: Using Tape Diagrams to Represent Math Thinking
Word problems are a key part of rigorous standards everywhere, but teachers and students alike often dread tackling them. Even textbooks sometimes save them for the bottom few problems on a page or a separate lesson toward the end of a chapter. The thing is--word problems (at least good ones!) are the "real world" part of ... Read *the* Post

## Open-Ended Math Tasks: The Benefits

Open-Ended Math Tasks! Are you using enough rich math tasks in your class? Check out this post with a ton of reasons (OK, TWELVE of them!) why we should be incorporating more of these open-ended problem-solving experiences. Check out all the amazing things we can accomplish with them!
Gets students tackling problems that have more than one solution
So often we give students problems where ... Read *the* Post

## Seasonal Word Problems: Classroom Uses

We all know that word problems and problem solving are key components of ANY quality math program. Today I want to share how using seasonal word problems can be a quick and easy way to keep things fresh and engaging in your classroom!
Because every math series or curriculum is different and paced differently, there is no room for "seasonal" real-world problems. I wanted to have a collection ... Read *the* Post

## Algebraic Thinking Activities: Fun with Monster Math

We don't celebrate Halloween at my school, but we DO like to have a little fun. There are so many cute monster books out there--so I like to do some "monster work" in the fall! I haven't had any monster MATH until now! Check out these great ways to teach algebraic thinking and problem solving with a fun monster theme!
Monster Math with a Purpose
What was my goal? To get students thinking ... Read *the* Post

## End of Year Word Problems and Problem Solving Tips

We all know that students are hard to "engage" at this time of year--so asking them to solve end of year word problems seems unrealistic, right?
WRONG!
When we create math problems related to topics students care about--they are FAR more likely to engage. I love doing problem solving at the end of the year because it's the perfect time to apply all those Standards for Mathematical Practice. ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Patterns and Patterning in Upper Grades

Why Teach Patterns?
"Patterning" is something that has typically been a focus of primary classrooms. Pass by any kindergarten or first grade room early in the school year and you can expect to see SOME sort of patterning work happening. The simple truth is that we sometimes forget WHY we get our youngest students thinking in terms of patterns. We NEED students to be able to recognize and ... Read *the* Post

## Word Problem Mistake: Making All Your Word Problems Match Your Content

Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything! So what does this mean for word problems? It means we need to put students in a position where THEY need to think and decide what operation and strategies to choose.
If we constantly ... Read *the* Post

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