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Making Sense of Addition and Subtraction Word Problems: Solving the Problem of Problem Solving

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Making Sense of Addition and Subtraction Word Problems: Solving the Problem of Problem Solving

Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Vice President, Content and Research, ORIGO Education

Sponsored by ORIGO Education

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Problem solving is an overarching goal of mathematics instruction and a perpetual challenge for teachers. Children are incredible problem solvers, especially when solving practical problems with personal relevance. Why then do these skills almost seem to vanish when students face word problems in math class? Through deliberate work with mathematical language and thoughtful exploration of the written problem prior to computing, teachers can support students towards greater success with word problems and problem solving in general.

A key element of developing mathematical language is connecting everyday language and experiences. In this second edWebinar of our four-part series, Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D. discusses the variety of everyday experiences that can be described mathematically using addition and subtraction and explores strategies for helping students use language to identify these situations when facing new problems. You’ll leave the session with practical strategies for supporting students to recognize addition and subtraction in these contexts:

  • Action problems, where something comes in or goes out
  • Relationship problems, where a larger group is partitioned into smaller groups
  • Relationship problems, where one quantity is compared to another

Join Sara to build your toolbox for student success with word problems.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of the elementary grades.

Part 1: Getting Started with Word Problems, Reading, and Language: Solving the Problem of Problem Solving
Part 3: Making Sense of Multiplication and Division Word Problems: Solving the Problem of Problem Solving
Part 4: Word Problems Beyond Whole Numbers: Solving the Problem of Problem Solving


Sara Delano MooreAbout the Presenter

Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D. helps teachers and students understand mathematics as a coherent and connected discipline. She currently serves ORIGO Education as Vice President of Research and Content and Chair of ORIGO’s Mathematics Advisory Board. 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 to K-8 students as well as experience teaching pre-service and in-service teachers at the university level.

Sara is an author of the Visible Learning for Mathematics series, the Mathematize It series, and the Mastering Math Manipulatives series of books for Corwin Mathematics. She earned her B.A. in natural sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, her M.S. in general linguistics and comparative philology from the University of Oxford (UK), and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining ORIGO, Sara served as faculty at the University of Kentucky, Director of the Kentucky Center for Middle School Academic Achievement, and Director of Mathematics and Science at hand2mind. She lives in Kent, Ohio with her husband, two cats, and a large stash of yarn and fabric.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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