P.S. 103 Year-Long Plan for Problem Solving 2017 - 2018
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Year-Long Plan for Problem Solving
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Math Instructional Focus
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Increasing student ability to understand, explain and solve of math problems via the use of metacognitive skills and nonlinguistic representations.
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Measurable Outcome for Students
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Solve multi-step word problems with increased accuracy and demonstrated understanding.Model situations using multiple-representations that can be contextualized and decontextualized.Explain and justify their thinking and the thinking of others using precise mathematical language. Make inferences about situations and apply other reading comprehension skills to word problems.
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Measurable Outcome for Teachers
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Model what students should be able to do.Select word problems/tasks that have higher levels of cognitive complexity and promote academic rigor.Adjust word problems to raise the cognitive complexity and academic rigor of the task, as needed.Consistently use research-based pedagogical structures and routines that promote student collaboration, engagement and discourse.Identify word problem types and subtypes in word problems and multi-step word problems.
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June - August
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Determine teachers' areas of strength and areas of growth around understanding, explaining and solving word problems using metacognitive skills and nonlinguistic representations.Deepen professional knowledge around research related to the challenges and solutions related to the solving word problems.Decide on pedagogical structures and routines that promote metacognition.Determine problems to be used during the school year.
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September
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Assess students' problem solving abilities and word problem solving abilities.Teach research-based pedagogical structures and routines that promote metacognition via student engagement, discourse and collaboration.Build perseverance, collaboration and discourse skills through rich, academically rigorous tasks.
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October
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Applying of comprehension strategies to explain and reason about word problems situations.Using nonlinguistic representations (math sketches - Stop and Jot) to accurately represent word problem situations.
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Using nonlinguistic representations (math models) that support our understanding of word problem situations.Using equations to represent word problem situations.
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December - April
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Evaluating the work of others.Explaining/Justifying thinking using various tools, models and strategies.
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May - June
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Measuring and celebrating student growth.Documenting student growth.
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