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Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices

Welcome to the companion site to our book! If you're reading the book, or are a Math Forum Problem of the Week member, you can access additional activities, resources, classroom videos, and more, organized by chapter. And everyone can watch some videos of Powerful Problem Solving in action and learn more about the book and the Math Forum.

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About the book

We’ve tried to create a book that is full of hands-on activities, stories, and tips for the classroom teacher - activities and stories that focus on helping students become powerful problem solvers, able to make sense of problems, choose and use multiple strategies with confidence, and reflect back on their work and learning.” —Max Ray

Powerful Problem Solving shows what's possible when students become active doers rather than passive consumers of mathematics. Max argues that the process of sense-making truly begins when we create questioning, curious classrooms full of students' own thoughts and ideas. By asking "What do you notice? What do you wonder?" we give students opportunities to see problems in big-picture ways, and discover multiple strategies for tackling a problem. Self-confidence, reflective skills, and engagement soar, and students discover that the goal is not to be "over and done," but to realize the many different ways to approach problems.

About the Math Forum

The Math Forum is a leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992. We are teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents using the power of the Web to learn math and improve math education. We offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development. Students have fun and learn a lot. Educators share ideas and acquire new skills.

About the activity videos

We've made videos of Math Forum staff members leading problem-solving sessions using the ideas and activities in the book. You can also check out the YouTube channel where classroom teachers have made their own videos of the ideas and activities in Powerful Problem Solving.

Stream the video of Max presenting the Teresa's Tiles PoW to a 6th grade class. He is using the "I Notice, I Wonder" activity from p. 46 of Powerful Problem Solving.

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