#EduRead: What Does Multiplying Two Candy Bars Really Mean?

This week's article, "What does Multiplying Two Candy Bars Really Mean?" is about writing in math class from the April 2014 issue of Educational Leadership. 


  • "By having students write word problems that encompass a variety of contextual situations, teachers gain insight into how students have interpreted a mathematical idea as well as their preferences for problem-solving strategies"
  • "By having ELLs write their own word problems using situations familiar to them, as well as language they can manage, teachers can more easily assess their mathematical abilities."
  • "As students share their word problems with the class and invite their peers to solve those problems, they're led into discussions, both in small groups and as part of a whole-class discussion, about the meaning of their problems and how best to solve them."
  • "A problem-posing activity can bring in many forms of communication, such as writing, speaking, reading, and listening, which benefit not just ELLs but all students."

My Thoughts:

  • 'Problem-posing activities' would be a great tool for the beginning of the year or as a preview at the beginning of a unit; also could be a alternative way to assess.
  • This could go along with My Favorite No or error analysis
  • Writing their own problems could be an example of application problems for students who are using INBs or formula sheets as a resource; takes the depth past just a procedure

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