Instructional Strategy Guide: Understanding Problems in Math

For many students, mathematics word problems are just a jumble of words and numbers. A problem-solving process can help students make sense of problems. They can do this by reading the problem more than once, annotating words and numbers, visualizing the situation, converting visualizations into diagrams or mathematical expressions, and assessing the reasonableness of their solutions. All students need to apply problem solving to more and more complex situations as they move forward in their mathematical learning. View this short slideshow for an introduction to helping to support students with Understanding Problems in math. Printable text-only version available below.