Standards for Mathematical Practice

Designing Worthwhile Problems

The two practitioners on the IES Panel discuss how to plan for problem solving in today's diverse classrooms.


FEATURING: Philip Ogbuehi, Mathematics Specialist, Los Angeles Unified School District; Patricia Herzig, Independent Mathematics Consultant

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Frank's Problem

Grade 6 students at Madison Elementary School use visual representations to present their solutions to Frank’s Fresh Farm Produce problem. The first page of the sample material has a statement of the problem, and the second page shows the student work from four different groups.


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Who Finishes When?

At Worthington Hooker School, pre-algebra students work on the Who Finishes When? problem. They use visual representations to interpret the information in the problem. This sample material has the problem statement.


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Problem Solving in Pre-Algebra

Watch as a teacher challenges her students with the real-world problem of a race in Who Finishes When?  Visual representations help students think about how the problem can be solved. Solution strategies employ tables, graphs, and linear equations.


FEATURING: Beth Klingher, Worthington Hooker School (CT)

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Pre-Algebra Fencing Task

At Papillion Junior High School, seventh-grade students work in groups on a non-routine geometry problem. This sample material has a fencing task worksheet and photos of students’ presentations of their solutions.


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Fraction Problem

Grade-6 students at Patriot Elementary use several strategies to solve a real-world, part-of-a-part problem. This sample material has the scenario and statement of the problem along with pictures of posters showing the work from several student pairs.


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