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- 8:56Effective Problem-Solving Instruction103 views1031 attachment1March 4, 2014By WestEdThis 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 are: use of visual representations, encouragement of multiple approaches to solving problems, and linking mathematical and algebraic...
- DOCLearning Together About Using Visuals That Support Problem Solving462 views462March 4, 2014By WestEdMath coaches can use this tool to help elementary and middle school teachers learn about the role of visual representations in problem solving through a series of professional development workshops. Related Media and Files: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8, Recommendation 3 (Practice Guide) Who Finishes...
- DOCConnecting Visuals to Problem Types558 views558March 4, 2014By WestEdMath coaches and teachers can use this tool as a quick reference for examples of visual representations for different types of problems. See the sample material, Using Visual Representations for representations for each of the problems. Related Media and Files: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8 (Practice...
- DOCObservation Note-Taking: Reflections on Multiple Approaches to Problem Solving397 views397March 4, 2014By WestEdTeachers and mathematics coaches can use this tool to keep track of the approaches to problems used by different pairs and groups of students. The purpose of the tool is to provide a summary of the information that the teacher can refer to while conducting an effective and instructive debriefing of problem solving. Related Media:...
- DOCWalk-Throughs: Teaching Problem Solving458 views458March 4, 2014By WestEdInstructional leaders can use this tool to frame observational walk-throughs of elementary and middle school math classes. Related Media and Files: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8 (Practice Guide) Effective Problem-Solving Instruction (Video) The Components of Problem Solving (Video) Supporting Teachers' Conceptual Understanding (Audio)