Problem-Solving Instruction

Recommended Practice: Teach students to use visual representations, employ multiple problem-solving strategies, and relate mathematical concepts and notation to problem solving.

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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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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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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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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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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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Non-Routine Problem in Geometry

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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

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Problem Solving in Pre-Algebra

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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

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Representing a Problem Visually

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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

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Multiplication of Fractions

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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

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Who Finishes When?

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At Worthington Hooker School, pre-algebra students work on the Who Finishes When? problem. They use visual representations to interpret the information in the problem. This sample material has the...

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Sample Material

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Roll Around the Clock

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Students use a clock visual for fractions and problem solve with fraction concepts while playing Roll Around the Clock. This sample material presents instructions for the game along with a clock...

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Sample Material

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Frank's Problem

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Grade 6 students at Madison Elementary School use visual representations to present their solutions to Frank’s Fresh Farm Produce problem. The first page of the sample material has a statement of...

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