Stories From My Classroom: Using Powerful Problems to Build Mathematical Reasoning
1:30  2:30 Thursday, November 8
Bushra Makiya, CIS 303: The Leadership and Community Service Academy, NY
Suzanne Alejandre, The Math Forum, Philadelphia, PA
How can we take advantage of the Common Core SMPs to help students build, develop, and explain their reasoning strategies? Sample problems will be shared.
Powerpoint from session:
download PPT: session33.ppt
download PDF: session33.pdf
 Introductions

 Common Core State Standards
 students engage in much higher level problem solving
 SMPs are the heart of the Common Core
 our activities should move towards working thoroughly with SMPs

 In my classroom:
 started experimenting
 schoolwide initiative
 deeper problem solving

 Process:
 read problems together
 wholeclass discussion
 work together: pairs or groups of 3
 individual writeup
 class presentations

 Scholar's Challange A: Math Forum PoW: Falling Leaves
 problem [pdf]
 scenario [pdf]
 rubric [pdf]
 packet [pdf]

 Student Samples: Writeup
 What I Know
 What I Need to Know
 Process and Thinking
 Solution

 Rubrics
 Bushra's Scholars' Challenge Rubric: Word document
 The Math Forum PoW Rubrics: HTML  PDF files can be freely downloaded for Primary through Trig/Calc.

 Student Presentations
 https://vimeo.com/29610959

 Scholar's Challange B: Math Forum PoW: Peeling Potatoes
 problem [pdf]
 scenario [pdf]
 rubric [pdf]
 packet [pdf]

 Scholar's Challange 13: Math Forum PoW: The Complex Apartment Complex
 problem [pdf]
 solution and commentary [pdf]

 Additional Resources
 Math for America [HTML]

 Blog: Suzanne at the Math Forum [HTML]
 Blog: Middle School Mathematical Practices [HTML]

 Annie Fetter: Ever Wonder What They'd Notice? [Ignite! Talk]
 Max Ray: Why 2 > 4: A Proof by Induction [Ignite! Talk]

 How to Start Problem Solving in Your Classroom PDF]
 Problem SolvingIt Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering [PDF]
 Unsilence Students' Voices [PDF]
 Think You Don't Have Time to Use the PoWs? [PDF]
 Writing to Develop Understanding: The Math Forum @ Drexel's PoWs [PDF]

 Free Online Resources at the Math Forum [PDF]

 Opportunity
 DrexelNOW article: NSF Awards $2.2 Million to Project Studying CommunityBased Professional Development for Math Teachers
 EnCoMPASS: Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment

