Defining Problem-Based Learning (IM Math K-5)

Focus Area: IM Math K-12

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Launch

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Implementing this problem-based curriculum with integrity requires making a significant shift from the traditional math instruction that many of us have experienced, both as learners and as teachers. In order to make the shift, school communities need to understand the goals and structure of the curriculum to build confidence in using the materials effectively. In the first session of this virtual launch series, participants will learn the characteristics of problem-based learning in math and how the curriculum lessons are structured to support this approach.

Explore all sessions of this series below:


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I use the curriculum resources and structures to teach math with a problem-based approach.

Learning Experience

  • Define: Define a “problem-based” approach to math instruction and how it supports student learning, ownership, and confidence
  • Explore: Learn how and see an example of the way lessons are structured to build towards a learning goal
  • Build: Trace the learning progression of a lesson by reading the activity and lesson narratives