Problem Solving

Explore resources designed to help students become skilled problem solvers in grades 4 through 8.

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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Talking Through Problems and Their Solutions

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This multimedia overview describes the basic steps students can learn to monitor their problem-solving process. The tasks and prompts can be used throughout the problem-solving process to encourage...

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Effective Problem-Solving Instruction

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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...

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Preparing Problems for Classroom Instruction

Problem Solving > Prepare Problems > Overview & Tools

Watch this multimedia overview to learn what a teacher should keep in mind when selecting problems, including suggestions for how to adapt problems to ensure that students can focus on mathematical...

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Overview

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Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8

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This multimedia overview explains why problem solving should be part of teaching in all math topics, describing the different types of problems that teachers in grades 4-8 might use, and the...

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Monitoring Progress While Solving Problems

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Dr. Sybilla Beckmann demonstrates how to help students monitor their progress and reflect on their reasoning while solving a challenging problem.

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Expert Interview

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Monitoring the Problem-Solving Process

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Listen to Dr. Sybilla Beckmann describe strategies for helping students monitor and reflect during the problem-solving process.

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Expert Interview

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Helping Students Debrief

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Dr. Mark Driscoll provides practical advice on building students' habits of reasoning by structuring discussions using particular questions and written tools. See also Multiple Problem-Solving...

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Expert Interview

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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

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Connecting Mathematical Ideas to Notation

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Dr. Sybilla Beckmann uses two different problems to demonstrate how to develop mathematical concepts and present mathematical notation in problem-solving situations. Related...

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Expert Interview

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Algebraic Notation in Problem Solving

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Dr. Ken Koedinger provides examples that demonstrate the importance of bringing mathematical notation into the problem-solving process.

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Expert Interview

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Multiple Problem-Solving Strategies in Instruction

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Dr. Driscoll explains how use of multiple strategies contributes to student learning by letting students see problems in new ways. He stresses the importance of worked examples and comparing and...

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Expert Interview

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Matching Visuals to Purpose in Problem Solving

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Dr. Asha Jitendra shows and discusses the role of different types of visualizations in problem solving, especially their usefulness for students struggling with math.

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Expert Interview

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