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Old 07-19-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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the previous posters mantra of having the student identify what they "CAN'T" do. Too frequently students just don't know where to start--even 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 question--what 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 one-on-one 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.
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