I continually struggle to find a balance between “the content” and the process of doing the math. I don’t want to be the leader in the classroom, but in the back of my mind I am always hearing myself say we have so many things to cover. I want to find the balance but I think the balance needs to be less on the content side and right now mine hovers around the middle.

]]>We’ve found that if students are presented with the “scenario” and not the full problem, they are more apt to get into the problem. This article is from a middle school point of view but I have a feeling you could apply it to your elementary setting:

Problem Solving–It Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering

http://mathforum.org/articles/communicator.article.dec.2010.pdf

You might find this one interesting, too:

Focus on Student Practice

http://mathforum.org/articles/communicator.article.mar.2012.pdf

We encourage perseverance by respecting all ideas and answers, sharing strategies and solutions throughout the class, and not stopping with the first answer or first strategy.

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