Problem Solving

More RTI Math Resources

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving, RTI | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Here is the IES guide to RTI (federal gov) in Math.  It outlines the interventions very clearly, with a discussion about the research findings of each recommendation.  Well worth using as a study guide in PD sessions.  Everybody that works with students in  math should be aware of the information in the packet!  Here are the research based recommendations:

Recommendation 1. Screen all
students to identify those at risk for
potential mathematics difficulties and
provide interventions to students
identified as at risk.

 

Recommendation 2. Instructional
materials for students receiving
interventions should focus intensely
on in-depth treatment of whole
numbers in kindergarten through
grade 5 and on rational numbers in
grades 4 through 8. These materials
should be selected by committee.

 

Recommendation 3. Instruction during
the intervention should be explicit and
systematic. This includes providing
models of proficient problem solving,
verbalization of thought processes,
guided practice, corrective feedback,
and frequent cumulative review.

 

Recommendation 4. Interventions
should include instruction on solving
word problems that is based on
common underlying structures.

 

Recommendation 5. Intervention
materials should include opportunities
for students to work with visual
representations of mathematical
ideas and interventionists should
be proficient in the use of visual
representations of mathematical ideas.

 

Recommendation 6. Interventions at
all grade levels should devote about
10 minutes in each session to building
fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts.

 

Recommendation 7. Monitor the
progress of students receiving
supplemental instruction and other
students who are at risk.

 

Recommendation 8. Include
motivational strategies in tier 2 and
tier 3 interventions.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


			
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Number Sense Power Points

Posted on November 3, 2011. Filed under: Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


I found a really great resource today.  Be sure to check out these two power points about numbers and operations.

Operation PPT Day 1 

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Dr. Nicki
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Great Bar Diagramming Resources

Posted on November 1, 2011. Filed under: Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Here is a site with great bar diagramming resources.  Go over bar diagramming with the whole class but be sure to pull small guided math groups to teach the different types of word problems and bar diagrams in detail.  I like the power points and the big templates.  I also like the bar diagramming chart by Randall Charles.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Problem Solving Posters

Posted on October 26, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Guided math, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Here are some great posters that use the Acronym ACE.

Poster 1

Poster 2

Poster 3

Poster 4

See the write up on this page.  Scroll down to Constructed Response Resources for Mathematics.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

 

 

 

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More Problem Solving Rubrics: Teach to the Whole Class, Review in Guided Math Groups

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Math Word Problem Solving Rubrics give students an opportunity to see where they are and where they need to go.  Rubrics should be used as part of a conversation.  They should provide some specific feedback about what’s great and what’s still in progress.  Ideally, once students receive the feedback they get a chance to incorporate it as part of their learning journey.  In other words, they should get a chance to fix what they got wrong:)  You can discuss specific problems and errors in individual conferences or in small guided math groups.  Gather students together who have made the same errors and discuss how to correct those errors.  Here are some examples of word problem rubrics:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4: Click here (if it doesn’t download then Google this term Word Problem PTA (Scoring Rubric)

 

Example 5

 

Example 6

Example 7

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exemplar Math Tasks

Posted on October 22, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , |


Here is a great resource for some math writing tasks.  You have to scroll down and the math tasks are listed by grade level on the right.  What do you think of these tasks?  How would your students do? Notice the emphasis on precise language, representation and perseverance through the problem.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Word Problem Solving Rubric: Teach to whole class, review in guided math groups

Posted on October 20, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Guided math, Math Conferences, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , |


Here is a great word problem solving rubric!  I would discuss this and make examples with the class so everyone understands all the elements.  I would also make individual copies so students would have it as an “up and close” reference.  They could keep it in their problem solving notebooks.  I would go over their story problems in small guided math groups, guided by the rubric.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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Pumpkin Math

Posted on October 5, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Elementary math, Manipulatives, Math Centers, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Pumpkin Math is so much fun!  Here are some ideas.

http://sheila-gaquin.suite101.com/classroom-alternative-to-halloween-a71441

http://www.mathwire.com/archives/october09.html

http://www.dreambox.com/blog/pumpkin-math-calendar

http://rhlschool.com/math7n2.htm

 

http://math.about.com/od/themeworksheets/ss/pumpkin.htm

http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/act_g_pumpkin.html

http://www.teachingheart.net/apumpkinunit.html

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/shapespace8.html

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson028.shtml

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

 

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October Math Writing Prompts

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Guided math, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , |


October Math Word Problems:

http://fi.edu/school/math2/oct.html

http://www.cyncesplace.com/Journal/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/CA_OctoberMathWordProblems-2ndgrade.pdf

http://www.rhlschool.com/math6n7.htm

 

Remember that the Common Core states that students will solve problems one way and check their answers in a different way.  Also encourage them to use math words in their explanations.  Be sure to discuss these problems in small guided math groups so that you can listen to responses and give everyone an opportunity to speak.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Rich Math for July: Great Center Activities

Posted on July 25, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Multiple Intelligences, Problem Solving, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


This is a great site for rich math activities.  Here is what they are doing in July!  These are great thinking activities for kids. Be sure to make the students talk through what they are doing and why they are doing it! We need to do more of this type of stuff where our students really have to problem solve rather than just calculate!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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