The Research | background
“… a large percentage of children fail mathematics because they can’t read nor understand the wording of the tasks they are given to solve by mathematics teachers.”
Excerpt from Biography of Anne Newman as a teacher
Newman suggested five prompts to determine where errors may occur in students’ attempts to solve written problems.
1. Please read the question to me.
2. Tell me what the question is asking you to do.
3. Tell me how you are going to find the answer.
4. Show me what to do to get the answer.
5. Now, write down your answer.
Problem 1 | Pizza
What can you tell us about Taylor’s problem solving?
Ben has 2 identical pizzas. He cuts one pizza equally into 4 slices. He then cuts the other pizza equally into 8 small slices. A large slice weighs 32 grams more than the small slice. What is the mass of one whole pizza?
Answer = ________
Problem 1 | Milk Jug
What can you tell us about Meesam's problem solving?