Plan for problem solving by preparing problems to use in whole-class instruction.

Many math classrooms feature problem solving only occasionally, but the IES Panel recommends it be an integral part of all math curricular units, with time allocated for problem solving within classroom instruction rather than leaving it for practice or homework. Here the panel provides guidance for thoughtful preparation of problem-solving lessons. The panel encourages teachers to incorporate a variety of routine and non-routine problems and to ensure students have the language and math content knowledge necessary to solve the problems.

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Questions and Prompts for Developing Mathematical Thinking

This sample material is a copy of the classroom poster from Coach Talk: Preparing for Problem Solving that teachers use as guidance for the problem-solving process. It was developed by the...

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02/28/2014
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Resources for Planning Problems

This sample material contains publications from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and other sources. There are links to 12 websites that have collections of problems and...

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02/28/2014
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Pre-Conference Planning Form

Elementary math coaches in the Papillion-La Vista School District use a lesson pre-conference planning form with teachers. Coaches work with teachers to consider goals and students’ experience and...

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02/28/2014
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Coaching Checklist for Problem Planning

Instructional leaders and mathematics coaches can use this self-assessment to reflect on their practices in supporting teachers to plan lessons and to guide students in learning to be competent...

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02/14/2014
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Learning Together About Preparing Problems

Instructional leaders can use this workshop plan to help elementary and middle-grades teachers learn about the importance of preparing problems for use in whole-class instruction. Included is a...

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02/14/2014
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Planning and Adapting Problems

Instructional leaders and teachers can use this planning worksheet to guide adaptation of problems to ensure that students understand a problem. The goal is to develop problems that allow students...

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02/14/2014
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Lesson Pre-Conference

Lesson Pre-Conference

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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02/14/2014
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Coach Talk: Preparing for Problem Solving

Coach Talk: Preparing for Problem Solving

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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02/13/2014
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Designing Worthwhile Problems

Designing Worthwhile Problems

The two practitioners on the IES Panel discuss how to plan for problem solving in today's diverse classrooms. Philip Ogbuehi is Mathematics Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District,...

Expert Interview
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02/13/2014
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Preparing Problems for Classroom Instruction

Preparing Problems for Classroom Instruction

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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02/13/2014
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