Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Raise your hand if you have been teaching your students to look for “key words” to solve word problems. This has been a strategy used by years for teachers, but it leads to the expectation that questions can only be solved in one way. But what if there was more than one right way to solve a word problem? And better yet, what if it was possible to find more than one correct answer? This workshop will focus on shifting our practices to help students to make sense of word problems, and we will explore the idea of allowing students to solve problems in a variety of ways. Participants will also explore open problems that can be used to allow multiple entry points and differentiation for all levels of understanding. Connections will be made to technology and other math tools, and participants will leave with ideas on how to apply this problem solving style across various math content standards. This workshop corresponds with CCSS Mathematical Practice Standard 1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
This fabulous workshop is currently under development. The date and venue will be announced soon. Please join our workshop mailing list so that we can send you the information when it becomes available.