Problem Solving
Explore resources designed to help students become skilled problem solvers in grades 4 through 8.
- View a visual diagram of all three practices
- Watch a topic overview and download planning templates
- Listen to an expert
Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:
To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8.
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The Components of Problem Solving
Problem Solving > Overview & Tools
Dr. John Woodward describes the IES Panel's five recommendations related to the problem-solving process and shows different types of problems.
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Expert Interview
Visual Diagram: Problem Solving
Problem Solving > Overview & Tools
The visual diagram illustrates three essential practices (preparation of problems, instructional approaches, and reflection and monitoring) based on the recommendations in the Practice Guide,Visual...
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Visual Diagram
Coach Talk: Debriefing in Problem Solving
Problem Solving > Reflect & Debrief > See How It Works
Listen to two mathematics coaches from the Papillion-LaVista School District share the concepts they emphasize when working with teachers, including the importance of comparing multiple approaches...
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School Example
Non-Routine Problem in Geometry
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
See how a class approaches "Pre-Algebra Fencing Task," a non-routine geometry problem that challenges their mathematical reasoning. Related Files: Pre-Algebra Fencing Task (Sample...
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School Example
Lesson Pre-Conference
Problem Solving > Prepare Problems > See How It Works
Listen in as a mathematics coach works with a teacher to plan problems for students who are struggling with subtraction problems. The coach helps the teacher unpack students’ issues, and then she...
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School Example
Multiplication of Fractions
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
Listen to how a teacher considers the problem-solving strategies students use in a multiplication of fractions problem involving part of a part. She describes which strategies she chooses to...
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School Example
Representing a Problem Visually
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
See how different groups of students use double number lines and other visuals to tackle "Frank's Problem," which involves figuring out the most efficient travel routes in terms of...
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School Example
Problem Solving in Pre-Algebra
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
Watch as a teacher challenges her students with the real-world problem of a race in Who Finishes When? Visual representations help students think about how the problem can be solved. Solution...
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School Example
Coach Talk: Preparing for Problem Solving
Problem Solving > Prepare Problems > See How It Works
Listen in as two mathematics coaches discuss being strategic in the selection of problems and planning for classroom discussions including use of the Pre-Conference Planning Form. Related...
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School Example
Tasks and Question Prompts
Problem Solving > Reflect & Debrief > See How It Works
This sample question list is organized to go along with tasks in problem solving. Teachers can use this list to prepare prompts and to help students monitor and reflect during the problem-solving...
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Sample Material
Problems: Connecting Mathematical Ideas to Notation
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
In the media piece, Connecting Mathematical Ideas to Notation, Dr. Sybilla Beckmann presents two examples of problems showing how students can connect mathematical concepts and notation. This...
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Sample Material
Pre-Algebra Fencing Task
Problem Solving > Problem-Solving Instruction > See How It Works
At Papillion Junior High School, seventh-grade students work in groups on a non-routine geometry problem. This sample material has a fencing task worksheet and photos of students’ presentations of...
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Sample Material