Challenging students to be confident problem solvers with a “math problem of the day.”

by Angelina Saenz

Grades K-2, Grades 3-5

In this series of videos, I ask participants to work on a math word problem. The goal is to encourage them to focus on process rather than a correct answer and then see how what they come up with reflects what is required by the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the workshop, I begin by telling my own story about how not being a successful student led me to think more carefully about what it takes to cultivate today’s critical thinkers. Then participants try to solve some math problems and share their levels of confidence.

Part Two: The Quality of the Process

In part two of the workshop, I ask participants to approach a math word problem by first identifying all of the things they know and then persevere to developing a strategy for solving it.

Part Three: Sharing Processes

In part three of the workshop, we share our strategies to the group. Then we compare the ways that we approached the problem to what is required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.