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A Meta-analysis of the effects of computer technology on school students' mathematics learning

Research
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Make Use of Structure
This study examines the impact of computer technology (CT) on mathematics education in K-12 classrooms through a systematic review of existing literature. A meta-analysis of 85 independent effect...

A synthesis of empirical research on teaching mathematics to low-achieving students

Research
Standards: Construct Viable Arguments • Make Sense of Problems
This meta-analysis synthesizes the research on the effects of interventions designed to improve mathematics achievement of students considered low achieving or at risk for failure. It examined the...

Direct instruction in math word problems: Students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically • Make Sense of Problems
The study investigated the effectiveness of strategy teaching and sequencing practice problems when teaching students with learning disabilities (LD) how to solve word problems. Students were...

Effects of mathematical word problem solving by students at risk or with mild disabilities

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the researchers sought to assess the effectiveness of two instructional strategies, an explicit schema-based strategy and a traditional basal strategy,...

Effects of self-explanation as a metacognitive strategy for solving mathematical word programs

Research
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Construct Viable Arguments • Attend to Precision
The study examined the effects of a metacognitive strategy (i.e., self-explanation) on elementary school students’ ability to solve word problems. Students were assigned to one of three conditions: (...

Explicit instruction in mathematics problem solving

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
This study examined the effectiveness of the explicit translation strategy method that explicitly teaches fourth-graders to translate word story problems into mathematical equation form. The study...

Introduction to Understanding Problems 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for Math: Understanding Problems.

Quick View: Virtual Manipulatives

Quick View
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
In the past, most classrooms only had physical manipulatives. Today, more classrooms have improved access to computers and the Internet. As a result, virtual manipulatives are becoming more common....

RTI and Mathematics

Webinar
Standards: Make Sense of Problems
This webinar, led by Dr. Russell Gersten, provided an overview of the research related to RTI and mathematics and described specific guidelines for implementation for grades K-7. The topics discussed...

Research on Math Practices

Bibliography
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on mathematics teaching and learning. View our bibliography for a collection...

Research on the Use of Virtual Manipulatives

Bibliography
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically • Make Sense of Problems
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on the use of virtual manipulatives to support student learning in...

Teacher Playlist: Helping Students Understand Math Problems Using Precise Math Language

Tools and Templates
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Attend to Precision
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...

Understanding Problems: Create Your Own

Lesson in Action
Standards: Make Sense of Problems
Mr. Garcia’s 3rd grade students are proficient at multiplying and dividing within 100. In this lesson, students will reinforce their understanding of problem-solving strategies by creating their own...

Using CRA to teach algebra to students with math difficulties in inclusive settings

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Make Sense of Problems
This study compared student achievement in solving liner algebraic functions using a concrete- to-representational-to-abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction and a repeated abstract explicit...

Using PowerUp for PD: Understanding Problems

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Make Sense of Problems
Find general directions, suggested activities, and support materials/activities for the Slide Show, Teach with Tech, and the Lessons in Action to use in your professional development.