# Series Success at the Core: Support Structures: One Problem, Many Approaches

## One Problem, Many Approaches

Lesson Objective: Use multiple strategies to compare and add fractions
Grade 6 / Math / Fractions
10 MIN

## Discussion and Supporting Materials

### Thought starters

1. According to the teacher, what is the value of encouraging students to consider multiple approaches for problem solving?
2. What strategies does the teacher use to engage students in the lessons?
3. How does the teacher structure her lessons to give extra support to students that need it?

In the video, the teacher reminded the students of what they have learned previously and builds on that knowledge by having the students think critically of the methods they can use to get the answer to what they already know. She gave them some equations and asked them to explain to the person next to them how they arrived at the answers. The class discussed all the strategies and made a list of them. There are different ways to teach the same thing and different ways to arrive at the same solution. Students must be allowed to explore, research, and think critically to enable meaningful learning. Teachers should always guide students using Bloomâ€™s Taxonomy to successfully achieve their teaching objectives.

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The teacher builds on prior knowledge by first reminding students of their prior knowledge and having them brainstorm other strategies to get what they know. Then she sets up a problem and asks them to work it.  They are to tell the person next to them the strategy they used.  Then, as a class, they discuss the strategies and make a list of the strategies.  The students enjoy letting their peers know new and different strategies and the teacher praises them for creative strategies.  Students are encouraged through scaffolding and praise.

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The teacher used the build, draw and write it model to teach the fraction lesson. This approach/strategy was used to reach all of her students because students are individuals and learn differently. The teacher kept the students engaged by using prior knowledge of a previous fraction lesson. Excellent video and strategies for learning.
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With the fraction lesson, she used the build it, draw it and write it out method which is really great for all different kinds of learners. I love how the teacher used the students prior knowledge to help come up with different strategies for solving her faction question. Also, i liked how she had the kids reflect on the lesson before they left the room.
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Students learn by different method so it is helpful to go over the different types. Build it, draw it, and write it.
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### School Details

Covington Middle School
11200 Ne Rosewood Rd
Vancouver WA 98662
Population: 1021

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