Problem Solving and Open Response

Reading and Writing Skills for Success

Tuesday, April 5 2016


29 Commerce Drive

Bedford NH 0310

603 206-6800

About this Presentation

Day 3, Teaching Reading and Writing Skills for Success in Problem Solving and Open Response Questions

Students often struggle with open response questions for a variety of reasons. This workshop will build on the work of the previous workshops and then focus on providing the necessary reading and writing skills needed to succeed in problem solving. Participants will learn how to teach students to anticipate, preview, read, mark up, and clearly answer all parts of an open response question. Several strategies will be demonstrated that break down the task of open response questions as well as ways to practice the crafting of clear answers. The final segment of the workshop will show teachers a simple way to design great writing assignments in math that are both easy to assess and important for memory.

Strategies: Quick Writes: Type One and Type Two Writing; KNSA; Preview, Mark it Up, and Look Back Games; Bar Models, Pepper, 7 Element Writing Assignment

Recommended for Grades 2-8.


As a result of attending teachers will

  • be able to describe in student friendly format the critical focus areas for a clear and complete answer to an open response question;
  • be able to use 3-5 strategies that improve reading of math questions;
  • be able to implement KNSA as a method to improve students answers to open response questions;
  • receive and create new materials to support the implementation of the strategies.

About this Presenter

Bill Atwood, M.Ed. is a Collins Education Associate who has over 20 years of experience in public and private schools and is a recipient of a Presidential Award for excellence in Math and Science Teaching. His book, How Did You Get That? Improving Open Responses in Math (2011) and a dynamic DVD, Math Words In Motion: Improving Math Vocabulary (2013), describe strategies that improve students’ thinking and writing skills. Bill is a national presenter known for his sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to focus on practical ideas that teachers can implement easily. Bill is part of the graduate faculty at Salem State College, Endicott College, and Worcester State College in Massachusetts. Bill lives in Milton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

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Tuesday, April 5 2016

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am

Presentation starts at 8:30

Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 3:00 pm

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours

Cost: $225.00

Early Registration Discounted Cost: $195.00, if registered by March 21, 2016---Enter discount code:early*registration

Registration ends March 28, 2016

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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