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Effective Problem-Solving Instruction

  • Topics

    Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > Overview & Tools
  • Grade Level

    Intermediate (4-6), Middle School (6-8)

  • Author

    Doing What Works

This summary describes a wide range of research-based recommendations for guiding instruction in problem solving. Three important strategies that apply at all grade levels and in all areas of math are: use of visual representations, encouragement of multiple approaches to solving problems, and linking mathematical and algebraic notation to intuitive approaches. This recommended practice contains four tools to support problem-solving instruction.