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Research Foundations

Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8

Published under the aegis of the What Works Clearing House

This report provides educators with, "specific, evidence-based recommendations that address the challenge of improving mathematical problem solving." Exemplars differentiated problem-solving tasks, rubrics and anchor papers provide support for many of the findings presented in this report.

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One additional benefit of using the modeling format has been that teachers not only saw an Exemplars mathematics lesson modeled as intended, but they have also had the opportunity to see numerous quality strategies for communicating with students. They have seen students enticed to communicate their thoughts to peers as well as communicating their explanations on paper. Teachers have seen best practices for establishing a working community in the classroom...

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