Frequent Use Strategy
The Problem-Solving strategy engages students with the AKS through a relevant problem or challenge to develop knowledge and skills and to deepen understanding.
When using Problem-Solving, the teacher explicitly models, teaches, and engages students in a problem-solving process through relevant real-world problems to demonstrate mastery of the AKS.
When effectively applying the Problem-Solving strategy, teachers will strategically ask high-level questions, monitor students' progress, formatively assess student learning, and give timely and specific feedback. Students will engage in the problem-solving process by making predictions, conducting research, collecting evidence, developing solutions, and sharing their reasoning.
Problem-Solving is not isolated from the AKS as a separate event or an extension of the learning. It is not a culminating project, teacher directed, or contrived. Problem-Solving is most effective when it is student centered and requires students to develop deep understanding as they synthesize, evaluate, and/or create something new to demonstrate their learning of the AKS.
The Teacher will…
The Students will…
- explicitly model, teach, & engage students in a problem-solving process through relevant, real-world problems to demonstrate mastery of the AKS.
- teach the AKS through problem solving, which could include problem-based learning, project- based learning, or the design thinking process.
- engage in a problem-solving process when given a relevant problem or challenge.
- engage in think aloud & instructional conversations to communicate reasoning & develop problem solving schema.
- make predictions, research, draw conclusions based on evidence, and communicate findings.
The students will draw upon mathematical concepts and procedures to analyze their validity.
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