Problem Solving Facilitaion
On our learning walks Wednesday the 2nd, we saw some amazing problem solving. I took some notes and wanted to highlight some of the greatness!
- It was evident problems were planned and questions were discussed as a team
- Teacher Guides were used!!!
- The facilitation of the problems varied... and it should depending on your class
- Students were talking to each other about the problem
- Manipulatives were out when necessary
- Extensions were posted for kids to move on if done with the problem
- Timers were used to insure the PS didn't go too long.. we are teaching kids to think quickly
- Data was being taken while teacher walked around
- Small groups were pulled when kids were stuck
- Most students were cognitively engaged
- Kagan structures were used
- Math partnerships were evident
Keep ALL of this up!!! These student and teacher behaviors are what will make our kiddos most successful. Problem Solving will look a little different every day depending on the concept and where your class is. The teacher guides are a great resource to continue to plan questioning from (you do not have to follow it word for word or ask every question).
Remember to "Let it Go" (you can imagine me singing it if it helps :)). Let the kiddos try on their own first before guidance from you and before working with others. Let kiddos in grade 2-5 read the question on their own. You then facilitate with a couple of questions here and there.