This practice guide provides five recommendations for improving students’ mathematical problem solving in grades 4 through 8. This guide is geared toward teachers, math coaches, other educators, and curriculum developers who want to improve the mathematical problem solving of students.
Assist students in monitoring and reflecting on the problem-solving process.
Help students recognize and articulate mathematical concepts and notation.
This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica under contract ED-07-CO-0062.
The following research staff contributed to the guide:
Joshua Furgeson, and Robin Patfield.
These videos were prepared by WestEd under the Doing What Works Contract (ED-PEP-11-C-0068).
All videos are based on recommendations from the WWC practice guides and are designed to complement the guides.
University of Puget Sound
Play an interview of Panel Chair, John Woodward: The Components of Problem Solving (5:47 minutes)
University of Georgia
Education Development Center
University of California, Los Angeles
Independent Math Consultant
University of Minnesota
Kenneth R. Koedinger
Carnegie Mellon University
Los Angeles Unified School District