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    Problem Solving
    By Christine

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    Have students highlight the clue words (how many more, in all, altogether...). I just finished a math class called Cognitively Guided Instruction, where students are guided by their own thinking. Instead of focusing on the right answer, the goal is to focus and facilitate the teaching of various strategies to solve the math problems (draw a picture, use manipulatives, derived facts, counting on...)Students show the class how they solved the problem and explain their thinking. It really works-they learn from each other and their math vocabulary increases with their understanding of the processes. I always ask my students to figure out a problem at least three different ways. In special ed, I would start with the easiest problem types and as they build understanding, go from there. There are 16 problem types (in order of developmental stages of problem solving).

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