Technology is the Plate!
Tools that Enhance Elementary Problem Solving

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Atlanta, GA ~ 21 March 2007

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Benefits of using Problems of the Week (constructed response problems) as a regular part of your math program:

  • To help students build new mathematical knowledge by solving rich and challenging problems.
  • To expand each student’s repertoire of problem solving strategies, and develop approaches for making progress when they are stuck.
  • To encourage students to make connections with other mathematical ideas and with contexts outside of mathematics.
  • To provide a different audience for students’ writing, which is very motivating.
  • To provide opportunities for developing literacy skills.
  • To create opportunities for students to reflect on the problem solving process.
  • To enable teachers to examine, learn from, and discuss students' thinking and refine their teaching practices by collecting student submissions to the PoW
  • To prepare students for constructed response problems on tests.

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