Bar Diagramming to Solve Word Problems: Great Strategy to Teach in Guided Math Groups
Randy Charles wrote a must read monograph on word problems. In this article he talks about the two main ways that teachers teach words problems: 1) key word approach 2) Polya’s problem solving phases. He reiterates that research says don’t use the keyword approach! He also makes a good point about Polya’s phases as being a framework, not a step by step guide to solving problems. He goes on to talk about how bar diagramming is a visual approach that provides many possibilities for students to approach word problems. He then gives several examples. READ THE ARTICLE IT COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT WORD PROBLEMS! Let me know what you think!