Consider the following word problem: There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd? (contributed by Robert Kaplinsky) How might you expect your students to respond? Now, view the YouTube video below. The video documents how a group of eighth-graders responded to the same ... read more

## Confessions of a Middle Grades Math Student- Rule #3

Hello All! Please share your thoughts about other ways to help students understand the "order" of subtraction in the early grades. What might be a better early grades strategy? ... read more

## Confessions of a Middle Grades Math Student: Rule #2

Please share your thoughts about how using keywords can be misleading for students. Also, please share ideas for teaching students how to analyze word problems more effectively. ... read more

## Math with Ms. Routt- Problem Solving

The fourth component of my math block is problem solving. This component of "Math with Ms. Routt" generally takes about 15 - 20 minutes. While I am a big proponent of authentic problem solving, that which arises naturally through the content that we teach, I also realize that those ... read more

## Doing Math the Routty Way: Engaging Activities from A to Z (Day 17)

RACE and JUSTIFY Problem Solving Model- Many of our students struggle with word problems and problem solving. To better help them, I developed a more concrete structure for guiding students through this process. I have two packs available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to support this ... read more