of the Week (P.O.W). I plan on using the P.O.W in a variety of ways:
standard of Mathematical Practice from the
students to “Make sense of problems and to persevere in
solving them.” Each of these P.O.Ws were created to challenge the students across the
various common core Math strands: Operations
& Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations Base Ten/Fractions,
Measurement & Data and Geometry and they vary in level of difficulty.
Sheets that they will submit their answers on.
The think sheet requires them to not only give the answer, but also to show
work and defend their answer in writing. By defending their answer and showing their work they are required to do more and process their thinking. At the end of the week, when we go over the POW it will be so beneficial for the students to explain their rationale and steps they took as they attacked the problem. This processing and sharing will show the struggling students ways that their peers persevered and solved the problem in a variety of ways and will hopefully help them to build confidence and make connections for next week’s problem. In addition, requiring them to show their work and explain their answer is a skill that is aligned with the Smarter Balance
test example, which is what our state will be using when we start testing with Common Core.
Bunting Sign and 6 Math Strategy
Posters that will help the students strategize and solve.