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What’s the Problem? Finding the Right Math Problem to Challenge Students

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Math for Young Learners

Presented by Dr. Sara Delano Moore, ORIGO Education
Sponsored by ORIGO Education


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Problem solving is an important part of teaching and learning mathematics. Why do some problems engage and challenge students with productive struggle while others lead to frustrating struggle?

In this edWebinar, part one of a two-part series, ORIGO Education’s Dr. Sara Delano Moore discusses possible reasons for this and share strategies to help you select the right problem at the right time in instruction. Explore the phases of learning based on the John Hattie’s Visible Learning™ research and identify the types of problem-solving tasks that work well at each phase.

Participants in this session, learn about choosing tasks of the right difficulty and complexity. We will explore problem-solving strategies and think about how to sequence problems for student growth. Be ready to solve some problems during the session. Elementary math educators and administrators are invited to watch this recorded edWebinar to learn new ideas and approaches for problem-solving instruction.

This is the first session of a two-part series. The second session will focus on the classroom environment for problem solving: student grouping, teacher questioning, and classroom discourse.

sara mooreAbout the Presenter

Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D. is the Learning Services Manager at ORIGO Education and a contributing author to Visible Learning in Mathematics. An experienced teacher and nationally recognized speaker, her work emphasizes the power of deep understanding and multiple representations for learning. Sara’s interests include building conceptual understanding of mathematics to support procedural fluency and applications, incorporating engaging literature into mathematics and science instruction, and connecting mathematics to engineering design in meaningful ways. She is a fourth-generation educator with experience teaching mathematics and science at to K-8 students as well as experience teaching pre-service and in-service teachers at the university level. Sara earned her B.A. in natural sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, her M. St. in general linguistics and comparative philology from the University of Oxford (UK), and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.

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ORIGO EducationORIGO Education is dedicated to making learning meaningful, enjoyable and accessible for all students with Pre-K to Grade 6 print and digital instructional materials, as well as professional learning for mathematics.

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