REL Southeast has developed a set of professional development materials to supplement the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8.
The professional learning community facilitator’s guide complements and extends the practice guide by providing step-by-step guidance for teachers to incorporate three evidence-based recommendations into their classroom practice:
Teach students how to use visual representations (Recommendation 3);
Expose students to multiple problem-solving strategies (Recommendation 4); and
Help students recognize and articulate mathematical concepts and notation (Recommendation 5).
The facilitator’s guide helps teachers experiment with and reflect on the key ideas and strategies in the practice guide. Teachers will learn research-based strategies to help students develop proficiency in mathematical problem solving in preparation for advanced mathematics and other complex tasks.