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Benefits of using the Problems of the Week (PoWs) as a regular part of a math program:
  • PoWs address all of NCTM's Process Standards.
  • PoWs help students to build new mathematical knowledge in a meaningful context.
  • They encourage making connections with other mathematical ideas and with contexts outside of mathematics.
  • They encourage students to try different approaches. Students learn how to get started on a challenging problem and develop strategies for making progress when they are stuck.
  • PoWs provide a vehicle for teaching and reinforcing basic skills.
  • PoWs can help teachers meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.
  • Having a different audience to write for is very motivating to children.
  • PoWs provide opportunities to develop literacy skills.
  • They create an opportunity for students to reflect on the problem solving process.
  • Collecting student work through submissions to the PoW enables teachers to examine, learn from, discuss, and prepare teaching strategies for students.
  • PoWs help prepare students for constructed response problems on tests.

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