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Comment on Purposeful Numberless Word Problems by Purposeful Numberless Word Problems – atlasimport.stpaulmedia.net
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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:31:28 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=1959#comment-21605[…] Purposeful Numberless Word Problems […]
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Comment on Trick or Treat! by Numberless Word Problems - Stress Free Math for Kids
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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:51:18 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=3834#comment-19754[…] 4th/5th grade example from Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer […]
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Comment on Numberless Word Problems by MPontes
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Sun, 10 Mar 2019 20:24:35 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=600#comment-19034I teach elementary school children. I am so glad to have found this blog. My colleagues and I have expressed the same concerns regarding our students’ lack of understanding of the hidden math relationships in word problems. Our kids immediately jump on “doing something with the numbers” after reading the word problem. I’ve left numbers out intentionally as well, and have left questions out. It has prompted heated discussions about the language in the problem and its “buried” implications. The problem is:some of the students are still not engaged in the discussions and feel even more unsure about their ability to solve the problems. I’ve been using other strategies on top of these ones.I asked them to brainstorm not only what they know about the problem but also what they don’t know about it. During this part of the lesson, I basically accept almost anything. Students who usually struggle with logical/critical thinking/or are just too self-conscious to participate seems to benefit from it. It seems to create an entry point for everyone of them.I usually draw their names from a jar to give each one an opportunity to engage with the problem. However, I intentionally “draw” names of kids who I know that their only shot at saying anything is from that “unknowing place”. Once the class has exhausted all the information that they don’t know about the problem-situation, I then draw names of students who can more clearly establish the math relationships. The other strategy I use is to list all the things that they don’t know and then eliminate those they think that knowing them would not help to solve the problem. This scaffold seems to help by narrowing their choices and to approach the problem more mathematically. In order to differentiate for those students who can do more, I also provide multiple answers choices without the word problems. I ask them if these are the possible answers, what do you think the word problem would be? Loved the blog!
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Comment on Numberless Word Problems by bstockus
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Fri, 08 Mar 2019 03:43:22 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=600#comment-18675That is awesome! I hope this sparks some great ideas. Please share with the rest of us. If you’re on Twitter, please tweet out what you try to the #numberlesswp hashtag.
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Comment on About by bstockus
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Fri, 08 Mar 2019 03:41:40 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?page_id=2#comment-18674Hi. I haven’t used SmartBoard Notebook, but I checked and you should be able to import the files. First, download the Numberless Word Problem Google Slides document as a PDF. Then you can drag the PDF file into your Smart Notebook page. Each slide will appear as a Smart Notebook page. I hope that helps!
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Comment on About by Tim Baldwin
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Wed, 06 Mar 2019 23:28:17 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?page_id=2#comment-18522I am trying to use your Numberless Word Problem files with my first graders. In particular, I would like to scaffold representing story problem information as it is introduced, page by page. I am using SmartBoard Notebook in my classroom. Is there a way to import this file into SmartBoard Notebook? I would like students to add details to a bar model as they are introduced on succeeding pages of your numberless word problem.
Thank you for your help.
Tim
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Comment on Numberless Word Problems by Carnival of Mathematics 167 – TOM ROCKS MATHS
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Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:54:51 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=600#comment-18459[…] happens to some people?!), then here’s a lovely discussion of ‘numberless word problems’ from Teaching to the beat of a different drummer. If that doesn’t take your fancy, how about some group theory combined with poetry via this […]
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Comment on Numberless Word Problems by Yvette
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Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:06:43 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=600#comment-18380I so love this!!! My brain is a-churning!
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Comment on The Path Ahead by JC Sanders
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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 19:13:00 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=5576#comment-12868This is interesting work Brian. It appears you have put in a ton of thought and research into your plan which knowing you, is no surprise.
I have been working closely with our early childhood department this year in developing content coaching modules for kinder. I have developed many questions about our yearly plan during my work with kinder this year, so I was very happy to read your post about the work you have been doing as well.
I do have lots of questions about your plan. It does appear to really follow a type of Montessori style while at the same time pulling in the state standards. I will have to check back in with you next year to see how the piloting of your new units are going. I do appreciate your thoughtfulness of not just dumping it on your teachers but piloting it with a few to see how things go.
Keep us informed on the progress as I know you will. 🙂
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Comment on Moving On Before It’s Over (5th Grade) by bstockus
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Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:41:19 +0000http://bstockus.wordpress.com/?p=5467#comment-12463Hi! Great question! After the collaborative decided that the fraction units needed to be early in the year, we looked at the remaining units. The whole number multiplication/division, decimal addition/subtraction, and decimal/multiplication units were strung together because all three rely heavily on an understanding of place value. We started with whole number multiplication/division, then moved into decimal addition/subtraction. The idea is that if students aren’t fully proficient with whole number multiplication/division, students could continue to practice during computational fluency as they were learning about decimal addition/subtraction. The idea is to have the students as strong as possible in whole number multiplication/division before entering the decimal multiplication/division unit. I hope that makes sense and answers your question. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
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