This blog represents Part 1 of a four-part series that explores mathematical connections and offers guidelines; strategies and suggestions for helping teachers elicit this type of thinking from their students.

# Blog

## 7 Things I’ve Learned on My Journey to Implementing Problem Solving in the Classroom

03-03-15So 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.

## Why A Focused Mathematics Curriculum Matters and How Exemplars Can Help Texas Educators

11-03-14When 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.

## A Problem-Solving Lab to Support the Math Practices

10-31-14The school administrators at PS 54 had a vision to create a math laboratory based on the eight Standards of Mathematical Practice. The idea was to create a setting in which students could focus on multi-step problem solving.

## Our Kids’ Future Depends on Problem Solving

10-07-14Our latest K–5 material, Problem Solving for TEKS, offers teachers supplemental performance tasks to develop their students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. By organizing the new TEKS into rich Units of Study, this resource is designed to assist Texas educators in teaching a focused mathematics curriculum.

## Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice With Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Fifth Grade Level

09-04-14This blog represents Part 6 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a CCSS for Mathematical Content and a student’s solution in grades K–5. The sixth anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a fifth grade student’s solution for the task, “Newspaper Layout.”

## Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice With Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Fourth Grade Level

08-28-14This blog represents Part 5 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a CCSS for Mathematical Content and a student’s solution in grades K–5. The fifth anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a fourth grade student’s solution for the task, “Sharing Muffins.”

## Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice With Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Third Grade Level

08-13-14This blog represents Part 4 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a CCSS for Mathematical Content and a student’s solution in grades K–5. The fourth anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a third grade student’s solution for the task, “Henry’s Lego Structure.”

## Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice With Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Second Grade Level

08-01-14This blog represents Part 3 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a CCSS for Mathematical Content and a student’s solution in grades K–5. The third anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a second grade student’s solution for the task, “A New Hamster Toy.”

## Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice With Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the First Grade Level

07-21-14This blog represents Part 2 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a CCSS for Mathematical Content and a student’s solution in grades K–5. The second anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a first grade student’s solution for the task, “A Bird Bath.”