Our authentic tasks include differentiated versions and provide teachers and administrators with a way of assessing students' problem-solving and communication skills. Real-world material engages students and helps them develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Exemplars Number and Operations Workshop.
Implementing Exemplars problem solving.
Fourth grade students discuss Exemplars problem solving.
Fifth grade reflections on Exemplars rubric and problem solving.
Fourth graders offer advice on problem solving.
7 Things I Learned Things I’ve Learned on My Journey to Implementing Problem Solving in the Classroom
So how can teachers help their classrooms make this critical transition to problem solving? ... My personal story of transformation, which began after participating in one of Exemplars’ Summer Institutes, offers a path forward.
When the new math TEKS were written, the writing teams focused on fewer skills at each grade level. Teachers are expected to address these skills and understandings by teaching rich lessons in which students make critical connections between foundational big ideas in mathematics.
This has been a great resource with the introduction of Common Core Math and ELA.
I am particularly charmed by the anchor papers. They provide an excellent indicator of what good work looks like so the teachers can immediately identify the levels of work that can be expected. In addition, the commentary on the anchor papers guide the teachers in using the rubrics so they may develop thoughtful and significant comments for the very important feedback they must give to their students.