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Developing Mathematical Practices

PCTM, November 10, 2011, 8:00 am - 8:50 am
Suzanne Alejandre, the Math Forum @ Drexel
Grades 5-8
Room 204
http://mathforum.org/workshops/pctm2011/session3.html

Resources (free) from the Math Forum @ Drexel to help your students make sense of problems, persevere in solving them and improve their math communication skills.

Introductions
 
The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process
The goal is not to be over and done. It is to think, express, reflect, and revise.
 
CCSS Mathematical Practices
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
 
Scoring Rubric
Good problem solving and strong mathematical communication are both important aspects of a solution. Solutions should include enough information to help another student understand the steps and the decisions that were made in solving the problem.
      Primary || Math Fundamentals || Pre-Algebra || Algebra || Geometry
 
What is a tPoW?
Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are problem-solving challenges modeled on the Math Forum's Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as Java applets, Geometer's Sketchpad, Fathom, or spreadsheets.
      Let's look at one: Balloon Booths
      View the full: List of tPoWs
 
What is a Financial Education PoW?
Financial Education Problems of the Week are Math Forum Problems of the Week that have been selected because they are based on math situations that are set in a financial context. Free access to these problems is made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
      Let's look at one: The Cost of Chocolate
      View the problems by: Math Topic
 
Supporting Students' Development of the Mathematical Practices
      Teacher's Access: login from homepage
            Print || Assign || My PoW Work as a Teacher
      Student's Access: login from homepage
            Think || Express || Reflect || Revise
 
How to Get Started
Create your free Financial Education Problems Access.
After creating your account you will receive an email with the subject line "Math Forum Email Verification" to confirm that you created the account.
You will also receive an email with the subject line "Math Forum Order Confirmation." Using the URL in that message will allow you to fully set up your free account including up to 5 classes and 180 student logins.
Note: Use your Financial Education PoW login to also access tPoWs and/or KenKen. Please realize that you will not have free access to the full Problems of the Week service. Financial Education PoWs are a subset of the full service.
 
Other Math Forum Resources
Problem Solving-It Has to Begin with Noticing and Wondering [PDF]
Think You Don't Have Time to Use the PoWs? [PDF]
How to Start Problem Solving in Your Classroom [PDF]
Making Effective Use of Math Forum Resources [HTML]
Free Online Resources [PDF]

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