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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

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
school-wide initiative
deeper problem solving
read problems together
whole-class discussion
work together: pairs or groups of 3
individual write-up
class presentations
Scholar's Challange A: Math Forum PoW: Falling Leaves
problem [pdf]
scenario [pdf]
rubric [pdf]
packet [pdf]
Student Samples: Write-up
What I Know
What I Need to Know
Process and Thinking
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
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 Solving-It 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]
DrexelNOW article: NSF Awards $2.2 Million to Project Studying Community-Based Professional Development for Math Teachers
EnCoMPASS: Emerging Communities for Mathematical Practices and Assessment

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