Grow flexible thinkers and build confidence by teaching a routine.
A problem solving routine simply encourages students to slow down and think before and after solving.
" Create a table, list, graph or chart that outlines the information you know, and leave blanks for any information you don't yet know.
Each word problem may require a different format, but a visual representation of the necessary information makes it easier to work with.
I’ve had great success in using scaffolded problems with my guided math groups.
After solving the easier problem, students realize that it’s not that tricky and are ready to take on the tougher ones! Compare Problems Side-by-Side To develop flexible thinking, nothing is more powerful than analyzing and comparing word problems.Today’s standardized tests and real-world applications require creative thinking and flexibility with strategies.Issue #3: Differentiation Teachers want students to excel quickly and often push too fast, too soon.The solution is to conquer math word problems with engaging classroom strategies that counteract the above issues! Teach a Problem-Solving Routine Kids (and adults) are notoriously impulsive problem solvers.Many students see a word problem and want to immediately snatch out those numbers and “do something” with them.My freebie includes several variations to help you differentiate.Kady Dupre has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and intervention teacher in elementary grades.I’ve seen lots of effective routines but my favorites always include a “before, during, and after” mindset. Differentiate Word Problems No, this doesn’t mean to write a different word problem for every student!This can be as simple as adjusting the numbers in a problem or removing distractors for struggling students.She loves creating learning resources for students and teachers.She authors Teacher Trap, a blog aimed at sharing her challenges, successes, and insights as a teacher.