Category Archives: Word-Problem Instruction

Multi-Step Problems

Dr. Powell demonstrates how to use schemas and word attack strategies to tackle multi-step problems. She works two problems on the light board, demonstrating how to teach this concept to students.

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Don’t Use Keywords

Dr. Powell highlights the dangers of using key words when teaching math to students and offers suggestions for how to better help students understand key concepts.

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Word Problem Attack Strategies

Dr. Powell provides suggestions for finding useful strategies to help students “attack” word problems and models how to use the powerful UPS Check strategy.

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Total Schema

Dr. Powell introduces the first of the six math schemas, or structures, of solving word problems. In this video, Dr. Powell walks through two examples showing how to teach the Total Schema, demonstrating hand gestures and precise language to use … Continue reading

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Difference Schema

This video is the second in the 6-part Schema videos. Dr. Powell explains the second additive schema, or structure, of word problems and shows how to teach the Difference Schema by working through two examples, using hand gestures and precise … Continue reading

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Change Schema

This video is the third in the 6-part Schema videos. Dr. Powell explains the final additive schema, or structure, of word problems and shows how to teach the Change Schema by working through two examples, using hand gestures and precise … Continue reading

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Equal Groups Schema

This video is the fourth in the 6-part Schema videos. Dr. Powell explains the first multiplicative schema, or structure, of word problems and shows how to teach the Equal Groups Schema by working through two examples, using hand gestures and … Continue reading

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Comparison Schema

This video is the fifth in the 6-part Schema videos. Dr. Powell explains the second multiplicative schema, or structure, of word problems and shows how to teach the Comparison Schema by working through an example, using hand gestures and precise … Continue reading

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Ratios & Proportions Schema

This video is the last in the 6-part Schema videos. Dr. Powell explains the final multiplicative schema, or structure, of word problems and shows how to teach the Ratios & Proportions Schema by working through two examples, using hand gestures … Continue reading

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