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In the spring of 2013, the Math Forum partnered with Christopher Columbus Charter School to produce videos of some of our favorite Powerful Problem Solving activities in action. A few videos were produced with the help of Drexel's video production team, but most were filmed by Drexel co-op students using iPads and even iPhones, and edited in iMovie. We hope they help bring the book to life... and even more so, we hope they inspire you to make your own classroom videos and share the powerful problem solving happening in math classes all over the country. Let us know if you'd like us to consider your videos for the community video collection!

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Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 1
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Valerie Klein
Grade: 3
PoW: Growing Worms

Stream the video of Valerie using a variation of "What Do You Hear?" to introduce the Growing Worms conversation to a 3rd grade class. Because the PoW has a visual, the students look at the picture rather than listening to Valerie read.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 2
Page: 48
Presenter: Valerie Klein
Grade: 3
PoW: Growing Worms

Stream the video of Valerie continuing the What Do You Hear? activity with Growing Worms in the 3rd grade class. One thing we noticed was how the students asked great clarifying questions after hearing what their classmates noticed. Their classroom really sounds like a great dinner party (see Chapter 3, p. 26)!

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 3
Page: 48
Presenter: Valerie Klein
Grade: 3
PoW: Growing Worms

Stream the video of Valerie continuing the Growing Worms session in the 3rd grade class using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving. In this clip she asks the students to share what they wonder about the picture.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 4
Page: 48
Presenter: Valerie Klein
Grade: 3
PoW: Growing Worms

Stream the video of Valerie using the What Do You Hear? activity in the 3rd grade class to introduce students to the story that accompanies the image in the Growing Worms PoW.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 5
Page: 48
Presenter: Valerie Klein
Grade: 3
PoW: Growing Worms

Stream the video of Valerie continuing the Growing Worms session in the 3rd grade class using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving. In this clip she asks the students "How do you know?" as the students share what they've figured out so far.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 3
PoW: Arm-Wrestling Contest

Stream the video of Max presenting the Arm-Wrestling Contest PoW to a different 3rd grade class. He is using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 46 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 4
PoW: Charlie's Gumballs

Stream the video of Max introducing the Charlie's Gumballs PoW using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving. Max presents the problem to a fourth grade class. Without writing anything down, the students listen to the story multiple times and remember what they notice. The students also think about what they wonder from the problem.

Activity: Act it Out!
Page: 62
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 4
PoW: Charlie's Gumballs

Stream the video of Max describing how students will work together to prepare Act It Out! presentations of Charlie's Gumballs. The groups then present and discuss the presentations and how they helped understand the problem.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 4
PoW: Counting Chicken Wings

Stream the video of Max introducing the Counting Chicken Wings PoW using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving. Max presents the problem to a fourth grade class. Without writing anything down, the students listen to the story multiple times and remember what they notice.

Activity: Engaging Students' Number Sense Through Guessing
Page: 71
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 4
PoW: Counting Chicken Wings

Stream the video of Max writes students guesses of how many chicken wings on board, Max asks students some problem solving strategies, students split up to act out/draw picture for problem, walk around listen to students talking

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page:48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Steve Weimar
Grade: 4
PoW: Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

Stream the video of Steve introducing the Cupcakes, Cupcakes! PoW using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from page 48 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Theme: Students Using Manipulatives
Chapter 5: Change the Representation
Chapter 8: Generalizing, Abstracting, and Modeling
Presenter: Steve Weimar and Annie Fetter
Grade: 4
PoW: Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

Stream the video of students discussing their use of manipulatives as they work on the Cupcakes, Cupcakes! PoW. As Steve and Annie ask different questions, you might notice themes from chapters 5 and 8 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Theme: Students Presenting Their Ideas
Chapter 2: Communication and Community
Chapter 11: Reflecting, Revising...
Presenter: Steve Weimar
Grade: 4
PoW: Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

Stream the video of Steve facilitating as 4th-grade students share their ideas about the Cupcakes, Cupcakes! PoW. You might notice some themes from Chapter 2: Communication and Community and Chapter 11: Reflecting, Revising, Justifying, and Extending.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Page: 48
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 4
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of Suzanne presenting the Eating Grapes PoW to a 4th grade class. She is using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: Picture Gallery
Page: 64
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 4
PoW: Pizza Night

Stream the video of Suzanne using the Picture Gallery activity with 4th grade students as they explore the Pizza Night PoW. "Picture Gallery" is described on page 64 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Annie Fetter
Grade: 5
PoW: Trapezoid Teatime

Stream the video of Annie presenting the Trapezoid Teatime PoW to a 5th grade class. She is using the "What Do You See?" activity, a variation on "What Do You Hear?" from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Chapter 5: Change the Representation
Chapter 8: Generalizing, Abstracting, and Modeling
Presenter: Annie Fetter
Grade: 5
PoW: Trapezoid Teatime

Stream the video of Annie facilitating the students as they use manipulatives to represent and model the Trapezoid Teatime PoW in a 5th grade class. You might notice themes from Chapter 5: Change the Representation: Seeing the Big Picture and Chapter 8: Generalizing, Abstracting, and Modeling of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: I Notice, I Wonder Brainstorm
Page: 46
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Max Ray
Grade: 6
PoW: Teresa's Tiles

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.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 1
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 7
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of Suzanne reading the Eating Grapes PoW in a 7th grade class. You might notice Suzanne doesn't repeat the students' responses.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 2
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 7
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of Suzanne carefully listing the wonderings of the 7th grade students.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 3
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 7
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of Suzanne using the wonderings that the 7th grade students generated. She asks them which can be thought about and answered using math and which would be opinions if answered.

Activity: What Do You Hear? Part 4
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 7
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of the 7th grade students using manipulatives to work on the question, "How many grapes did Angela eat on Monday?"

Theme: Perseverance
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 8: Generalizing, Abstracting, and Modeling
Presenter: Suzanne Alejandre
Grade: 7
PoW: Eating Grapes

Stream the video of Suzanne discussing perseverance in the context of the Eating Grapes PoW in a 7th grade class. You might notice themes from the Introduction and Chapter 8: Generalizing, Abstracting, and Modeling of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Annie Fetter
Grade: 7
PoW: Counting Chicken Wings

Stream the video of Annie presenting the Counting Chicken Wings PoW to a 7th grade class. She is using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving.

Activity: What Do You See?
Page: 43
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Annie Fetter
Grade: 7
PoW: Teresa's Tiles

Stream the video of Annie presenting the Teresa's Tiles PoW using the "What Do You See" activity from p. 43 of Powerful Problem Solving. Annie presents the problem to a seventh grade class.

Activity: What Do You Hear?
Page: 48
Handout: I Notice, I Wonder
Presenter: Steve Weimar
Grade: 8
PoW: Sports Weigh-In

Stream the video of Steve presenting the Sports Weigh-In PoW to a 8th grade class. He is using the "What Do You Hear?" activity from p. 48 of Powerful Problem Solving.

 

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