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How to “Read and Write” in Math: Improving Problem Solving and Communication in Mathematics
Workshop #: CECO-07


An in-depth exploration of teaching systematic approaches for solving math word problems and developing written communication skills to describe solution processes. Teachers will learn a wide range of strategies to develop students’ skills in the math problem-solving tasks of:

  • comprehending the problem and identifying relevant data
  • analyzing the problem’s internal structure to determine what type of problem it is
  • selecting a viable solution process and carrying it out
  • explaining the solution process both orally and in writing

Course Objectives:

  • explore a wide range of instructional strategies for math problem solving and math communication
  • learn to create exciting math lessons that are challenging and achievable for all your students
  • find a focus on strategies that can be applied across all grade levels in mathematics
  • learn practical ideas and instructional strategies that they can immediately use with their students
  • look at teaching strategies that can help students accomplish the four main tasks of problem solving:
    • understanding the problem and what it is asking
    • analyzing the problem to determine its structure
    • choosing a solution process and carrying it out correctly
    • explaining that process, both orally and in writing

Student Expectations:

This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, observation and analysis of lessons, coaching interactions with a coaching partner that include feedback and analysis of both the lesson and the coaching episode. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.



Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Class Outline:

Lesson 1
1a. Introduction
1b. What Do Emotions Have to Do With It?
1c. What Can Go Wrong in Problem Solving?

Lesson 2
2a. Now a Word From the Experts
2b. Classroom Strategies For Improving Math Problem Solving

Lesson 3
3a. How to Read a Math Word Problem – And Understand It
3b. Looking for Deep Structures

Lesson 4
4a. What Do Successful Problem Solvers Do?
4b. Using Polya’s Steps in Your Own Teaching
4c. A Menu of Problem Solving Strategies

Lesson 5
5a. Teaching Specific Strategies
5b. Using Multiple Strategies
5c. How Did Middle School Students Solve It?

Lesson 6
6a. Questions That Make Students Think
6b. Have I Ever Seen This Problem Before?

Lesson 7
7a. Communication in Mathematics
7b. Math Journals
7c. But I’m Not An English Teacher

Lesson 8
8a. Implementing Student Self Assessment
8b. How to Know When Students Are Improving Conclusion

Post Survey
Final Exam

Contact Information:
425-788-7275 ext 104


Graduate credit is available after course completion for an additional fee from various universities.

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