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.
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.
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
Our school subscribes to the Exemplars Library. I find the formative tasks aligned to the Common Core are strong and can be easily embedded in any curriculum. Having a more accessible and more challenging version of each task provides teachers' support as they have the resources to problem solve across different levels of understanding in their classrooms … Students are enjoying the tasks and are demonstrating a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of the standards as they apply formal math language, accurate representations and connections.