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ERIC Number: EJ1043387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Classroom Strategies to Make Sense and Persevere
Wilburne, Jane M.; Wildmann, Tara; Morret, Michael; Stipanovic, Julie
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n3 p144-151 Oct 2014
Three mid-level mathematics teachers (grades 7 and 8) and a university mathematics educator formed a year-long professional learning community. The objective was to collectively look at how they were promoting the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) (CCSSI 2010) in their classes. The monthly discussions followed an iterative cycle in which they continually shared instructional strategies and discussed their effectiveness in helping students demonstrate the SMP. Although all the Standards for Mathematical Practice were included in the discussions, this article will share how the iterative cycle helped identify four strategies the authors found effective in middle-level classrooms. In particular, these four strategies promoted SMP 1: "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them" (CCSSI 2010, p. 6). In this article, the authors describe these strategies along with samples of student work: (1) Strategy 1: Does it make sense; (2) Strategy 2: The process of elimination (POE); (3) Strategy 3: Perseverance Logs; and (4) Strategy 4: Analyzing incorrect responses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A