Finding and understanding patterns is crucial to mathematical thinking and problem solving. It is easier for students to understand patterns when they organize their information. Struggling students may find it helpful to organize information in a problem because it requires a student to think more deeply about each piece of information and how those pieces fit together. Technology can significantly enhance organizational tools and provide support to students.
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Creating an organized list, table, chart, or other graphic organizer is an important problem-solving strategy (see UDL Checkpoint 6.3: Facilitate managing information and resources). Organizing information will help your students to see patterns and learn mathematical concepts more easily. Organizing will also give your students a structure to help them think about what they do and don’t know about a problem. The strategies below provide a strong starting point for differentiating instruction.