Reflection: Multi-Step Word Problems and Addition - Section 3: Concept Development


As seen in my reflection video, word problems are still a bad word for many of my students.


I was disappointed in their lack of perseverance, and unwillingness to trudge through the muck and mud of making sense of problems. My brain's back burner is working on simmering up some more lessons to continue to instill perseverance in my students.

Many students missed steps in the multi-step problems practice page.  They are very used to just taking all the numbers in a problem and "doing" something with them without thinking about what makes sense. I really had to push them to think and honestly, I found myself really pondering what questions I could ask them to get them to think through problems.  I will continue to reflect on this for quite some time and make a mental list as well as a physical list to stick right next to my whiteboard. Some teachers might think that taping a list of questions to the board to ask students, may make them look less competent. I think just the opposite. I actually welcome students to ask me about the list. This gives me a perfect spring board to talk about Math Practice 5, using tools strategically. Teachers need tools too and to use them strategically to ensure success for all students. 

I am glad we are taking a break from mult-step word problems tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to informally assessing my students' subtraction skills.

  Word Problem is still a bad word in my students' minds
  Word Problem is still a bad word in my students' minds
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Multi-Step Word Problems and Addition

Unit 8: Place value
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT use tape diagrams to solve multi-step word problems using the standard addition algorithm.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will utilize their knowledge of rounding and addition and practice using tape diagrams to solve word problems.

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Math, Place Value, Number Sense and Operations, rounding, tape diagrams, adding, part whole relationships
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