Facilitating a Problem-Based Activity (OUR Math 6-8)

Focus Area: Open Up Resources Math K-8

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Planning

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Planning to facilitate problem-based activities involves considering how to maintain the cognitive demand of a task while helping students understand what to do, not how to do it. The Launch-Work Time-Synthesis structure of activities provides students with opportunities for discourse, grappling, and using a range of problem-solving strategies that help them understand. In this 2-hour virtual workshop, participants will choose an upcoming activity to collaboratively plan in depth.

This workshop can be completed as a stand-alone or as part of the Planning for Problem-Based Math series. Explore all workshops in the series below:


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


I leverage the curriculum’s problem-based structures to plan meaningful learning experiences for my students.

Learning Experience

  • Define the goals of an activity
  • Explore the Launch – Work Time – Synthesis structure of the activity
  • Build a plan for the activity with a focus on using the Launch – Work Time – Synthesis structure to engage students in problem-based learning