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
Partner Problem Solving: Earth Day
Looking for an easy math lesson idea to help you get some much-needed one-on-one time or small group time with students? See what you think... I always have a pocket chart or two on my wall where I keep word problems or other challenges at all times. I can change these out to be more seasonal, to be more review, or to match the topic we are studying. In this case, I ... Read the Post
Getting “unstuck” in problem solving
As my students are building their confidence and learning more and more daily routines, I am starting to push their thinking in math more each and every day. Of course, with "pushing" comes resistance--and even complete standstills. Many students are still at the very beginning level of understanding "perseverance" and have not developed a good sense of how to dig into a challenging ... Read the Post
SIX Ways to Incorporate More Word Problems into Your Day!
I know that we all know how important problem solving is--and that we want students to be able to apply the math they learn to real world situations. That being said, most math series are rather limited when it comes to the types and numbers of quality problems available to use with students. If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I love to write and use ... Read the Post