Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8
Five strategies to improve students' mathematical problem-solving skills in grades 4 through 8 are described in a new practice guide from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). The practice guide, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8, recommends that teachers:
1. Prepare problems and use them in whole-class instruction.
2. Assist students in monitoring and reflecting on the problem-solving process.
3. Teach students how to use visual representations.
4. Expose students to multiple problem-solving strategies.
5. Help students recognize and articulate mathematical concepts and notation.
The recommendations include implementation ideas and examples, summaries of supporting research, and solutions to common roadblocks.