- Include an entire unit of story problems
- Use brainteasers/puzzles/riddles to get students in the habit of thinking and working multi-step problems in a 'fun' setting with no pressure.
- More practice reading math problems
- More practice working multi-step problems
- Teaching students to persevere and try different methods rather than giving up
- Error Analysis- Having students analyze work to find and fix the problem.
- Journaling- Getting students to think through mathematical processes.
- Peer editing- Have students read/assess each others journal entries.
- Multi-Step problems- Make every problem more than one step if at all possible, including on assessments
What are your suggestions? How do you kick things up a notch? How do you write assessments that aren't just asking them to remember or memorize something?