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!
Gradual Release of Responsibility Model ... Read *the* Post

## 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!

Let's face it. Sometimes students look at you while your teaching and you can read their minds.
"Why in the world are we doing this?"
And in their defense...when they are filling out worksheets or pages of a math workbook, it's easy to lose the "real world" in the math and focus instead on the answers in the boxes. Whenever humanly possible, I try to make math meaningful to my ... 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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## Word Problems, Problem-Solving, and Tips to Make it Happen!

Here we go! On to challenge 3. If you are just joining us, I have linked to all the other posts related to this summer math challenge at the bottom so check them all out1
Today's challenge is all about reflecting on problem-solving--how we teach it AND how we make it accessible to students. I am hoping something in this post resonates with you--and if it does, please consider dropping into ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Comparison Problems

It's my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots! Check out today's post all about teaching COMPARISON PROBLEMS...and how important it is to help students really dig deeply into their problem solving. I hope you get some helpful tips! Whether you call them comparison problems, tape diagrams, or strip diagrams--these problems can really helps students "make sense" of ... Read *the* Post

## 10 Tips for test prep–without sacrificing teaching time

It's coming for many of our upper elementary teachers and students. They have thought about it. Worried about it.
The. Test.
This is something that I have thought about a great deal. I hear so many stories about teachers, schools and districts who set aside real teaching and learning to prepare for tests that are simply supposed to be a "dipstick" to measure the state ... Read *the* Post

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