Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers
Share this


Learning Mathematics Within Contexts

In this 1-hr webcast Dr. Cathy Fosnot and a group of math educators discuss the significance of problem contexts for students' mathematics learning. They solve a problem involving fractions and proportional reasoning, share multiple solution strategies, and discuss the importance of solving problems before assigning them to children in order to anticipate the range of knowledge and skills that students might demonstrate. Video clips of a classroom foster a discussion of strategies for designing lesson problems and managing a congress.
Contributed by: Curriculum Services Canada, Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 2This collection aims to shed light on Practice Standard 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively, and offers instructional strategies for helping students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. These resources provide meaningful ways to support children as they learn to represent problem contexts with numbers and symbols, and then re-interpret the numbers and symbols in terms of the original problem. A companion Classroom Collection includes resources to help teachers develop this practice with their students.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Measurement, Number Sense, Decimals, Fractions, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorCurriculum Services Canada, Publisher
    • Publication Date2007-10-30
    • RightsCopyright (c) Ontario Ministry of Education
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

      Select a standards document:

  • User Comments
    • 5
      There are so many students
      By Caroline on 11/09/2016 - 06:27
    • There are so many students are struggling with question like what are rich tasks and contexts and why do they matter in maths? Thank you for sharing mathematics, logic and science solutions for a students who are looking assignment help from the academic help providers. I will sure inform the students who are looking for mathematics help.