I like
07192012, 02:47 PM


the previous posters mantra of having the student identify what they "CAN'T" do. Too frequently students just don't know where to starteven though the steps of the process have been taught to them.
I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades. I always emphasize reading a word problem to find the questionwhat does the problem want me to do. I have gone over all the clue words for which mathematical process to use. I even give them cheat sheets with all the words on it.
Often I have them try to explain their thinking of what can possibly be done. Through the talking it out, and some oneonone attention, they are better able to grasp an understanding. I feel that students don't feel confident about the Math, even when they CAN talk their way through it.
