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.
Today, we know that average isn't good enough for our kids, who are losing out to students in other countries as jobs rapidly evolve.
... anyone who uses numbers to make decisions needs to look beyond the calculations and be able to discern what the numbers are telling them.
I think that these tasks provide higher level thinking skills and require students to take a look at the reasoning behind their answers.
Elementary School Teacher
In a number of recent studies comparing approaches to teaching mathematics in countries around the world, a list of 'best practices principles' have been identified. The Exemplars math program reflects the most important of these 'best practices principles,' and offers teachers a curriculum for teaching mathematics and assessing mathematical expertise from a contextual, problem focused point of view. The program is terrific.
Ph.D. Professor of Psychology
Claremont Graduate University