“Don’t take the problem solving out of problem solving” (p. 34). Rather, teach through problem solving, and teach students to solve problems with effective processes and strategies. Find tasks that encourage students to practice a particular problem solving strategy. As students’ grapple with the math, and discuss their ideas about their solutions, they develop skills… [Read more…] Check out the UPS of Problem Solving
The Team-Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) model for decision making was developed through research with school-wide behavior support teams, but the practices around data-based decision making and problem-solving teams can be used with other school-based teams as well. Research Collaboration and data-based decision making are two of the best tools that can be used by… [Read more…] Practices For Creating Meaningful Team Meetings
To design instruction that allows a diverse class of students to move toward grade level standards, Marian Small (2009) suggests two core strategies. First, use open questions. Secondly, use parallel tasks, that are designed to meet the needs of students at different developmental levels. Research Confident, engaged math students are contributors to classroom discourse because… [Read more…] Designing Instruction That Moves Students Toward Grade Level Math Standards What Does It Look Like in the Classroom?
Focusing on word problems can improve fact recall. As students progress through an identified four-level continuum of problem solving, they learn to compute. Students approach problem solving beginning with concrete concepts moving toward the abstract. Research When children are engaged in conceptual problem solving activities, they are thinking actively about math which results in… [Read more…] Guiding Students to Surprise You with Their Math Problem Solving Skills