Discussing strategies for solving mathematics problems after initially letting students attempt to problem solve on their own helps them understand how to organize their Algebraic Thinking and intentionally tackle problems. For students to solve math problems accurately and efficiently, they must learn and compare multiple strategies, articulate why they chose one strategy over another, and flexibly apply them. However, research shows that students develop deeper conceptual understanding and Mathematical Flexibility when they engage in problem-solving and productive failure before direct instruction.

Watch how these high school students discuss in small groups different problem-solving strategies, such as process of elimination and highlighting key patterns, to develop their Statistical Reasoning. Then they discuss their processes with the whole class with the teacher asking probing questions around key problem structure components and strategies for identifying these patterns.

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Learn how DreamBox Learning allows students to solve problems in multiple ways. By explicitly promoting problem solving with different strategies, this product builds Mathematical Flexibility, while also developing conceptual math understanding.