Problem Solving Investigation: Problem Solving Investigation

 
 
 
Problem Solving Investigation
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Collaborative Student Groups

Problem Solving Investigation

During the Problem Solving Investigation, students are in their teams and are delegating/agreeing on what their next steps and strategies will be during a problem solving investigation. Once they are ready to begin they show the teacher a silent signal, in this case a thumbs-up. They are then dissmissed to begin their investigation using manipulatives and materials they have are given/may select from. During this time each student is given a randomized role based on their drawn number for the session. Then students select strategies to solving the problem and collaborate using the strategies they've selected from our marh strategies card. Once they agree they provide feedback or ask questions in ways to proceed forth/close out the investigation task. The students identify their next steps and are in control of their own learning. I implement this strategy to catalyze stronger teamwork skills and lifelong collaborative abilities.This strategy is developing skill sets students will need in the upper grade levels as well as in college. Basic interpersonal communication and academic language profficiencies can only flourish when ample opportunities are created in the classroom.  

Strategy Resources (3)
Student Handout
 
 
The math strategies card is a reference tool posted on the wall near all computers, so students can them view during Dreambox lessons. We also use during Math lessons, as well as homework. Each of these strategies can be utilized by students in their own way using their scratch paper or when receiving help from a peer. The card provides students mathematical problem solving options during investigations.
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool I use to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group and to seek out support when they need it. Each day during our mini-lessons, students use the rubric to ask for help, give feedback, compliment, reflect, and empathize with their peers. The main purpose of the teamwork rubric is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, and increase participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Student Handout
 
 
The math strategies card is a reference tool posted on the wall near all computers, so students can them view during Dreambox lessons. We also use during Math lessons, as well as homework. Each of these strategies can be utilized by students in their own way using their scratch paper or when receiving help from a peer. The card provides students mathematical problem solving options during investigations.
Rubric
 
 
The teamwork rubric is a tool I use to develop my pupils' ability to acquire and develop more effectively when speaking in a group and to seek out support when they need it. Each day during our mini-lessons, students use the rubric to ask for help, give feedback, compliment, reflect, and empathize with their peers. The main purpose of the teamwork rubric is to hold teammates accountable, encourage improvement, and increase participation by all students no matter their level of speaking capability.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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Feedback Systems
Peer Feedback

There are two feedback practices within this strategy video. The first half shows us setting up the expectations and granting randomly assigned roles for the feedback session. Prior to dismissing I try to have students point where they are going to clear up any confusion. The second half shows students using our teamwork rubric sentence stems to write down comments. Students know they are going to use different color markers to write on team posters and give a glow and or a grow for the other team. 

 
Whole-Group Instruction
Mystery Problem

This strategy is a biweekly problem solving investigation on recently learned content. Typically students will be given sample scanned answers that I have hand selected. These problems have been previously solved. Students meet on the carpet for the mystery problem reveal. We also cover what the goal of our session will be using a checklist/success rubric. They are then dismissed to investigate in teams. The students select manipulatives to discuss, develop an agreed upon idea, and critique which student(s) response they agree with/why. If a team finishes early they can work on they "Step ahead" which is harder differentiated task. Finally they use the checklist to self reflect if they were successful during the mystery problem session.

 
Collaborative Student Groups
Mentor Reading

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