Hi,

I posted this before- so pardon the repetition if you were a part of that thread.

I do problem solving with my students regularly. Before trying to solve the problem, I ask them to answer the Four Essential Questions-

1. what is the problem about? (type of math)

2. What's my answer going to look like? (am i suppose to make a graph, draw a picture, or write a response...)

3. What's my plan? (Strategy)

4. How do I prove I am correct?

I model this with the students, they do responses with partners, and then work on their own responses. (I do this trhoughout the year.)

After, they plan their work (using those questions),they actuallly solve the problem. Once they have solved the problem, they write their explanation using the four essential questions.

For example: This problem was really about multiplicaiton. Janet had 300 apples altogether in the 6 baskets. My plan was to multiply 50 apples times 6 baskets. To prove my work is correct, I divided 300 (total apples) by 50 (apples in each basket) and I got 6 baskets.

-Erica