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Persistence in Problem Solving

In this 5-minute video third grade teacher Jean Saul demonstrates how she uses problem solving tasks to create a classroom climate that fosters persistence, independence, responsibility, and risk-taking. Students are asked to find three different methods for solving each problem and to record them on a Choose Three Ways graphic organizer. Through collaboration and presentation of their work to peers, students develop math language and discourse skills. A side bar provides reflection questions. Supporting materials include a transcript of the video (doc), the graphic organizer (doc), and two samples of student work (pdf).
Contributed by: Gary Weimberg - Editor, Teaching Channel - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
CCSS Practice Standard 1Common Core’s Mathematical Practice 1, Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, calls for students to develop a 'puzzler's disposition.' This collection is intended to help educators understand problem solving, learn methods to teach it and discover strategies to help students persist in finding solutions. A companion Classroom collection for MP 1 includes resources to help teachers foster this productive habit within their students.
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Decimals, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicClassroom management, Educational environment, Instructional materials, Teaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorGary Weimberg - Editor, Teaching Channel - Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2012 Teaching Channel
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      Great Resource!
      By bethb on 02/20/2013 - 12:20
    • Show it three ways is a great strategy. I like how the students can verify their answers and also check with their peers.
    • 5
      By scalett on 11/30/2016 - 02:54
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