One book I highly recommend for anyone who teaches math above the the fourth grade level, all the way up to doctoral students, is Writing to Teach Mathematics and Science. Connolly and Vilardi give a TON of ideas, including drawing out the problem. Students were so engaged (meaning they didn’t whine and quit watching!) with videos…
Problem Solving: Start at the End Almost always the actual problem or the question you are being asked to answer in a word problem will come at the very end of the word problem.
How to Solve a Problem: Make it an Easier Problem Using the example of subtraction with three-digit numbers, this video shows how to solve a problem by making it into an easier problem.
Finding the Average What is the mean? Can you sing the formula for it? So first you are going to add up the numbers you have. The second step is to divide however many numbers there were in the first place. BONUS: Watch it in Spanish – extra bonus, no singing. Scroll down to Encontrando…
Solving Long Division Problems by Guessing Can the first step in solving a long division problem really be to guess at the answer? Yes, yes, it can. https://youtu.be/KkdHdqi73ds
Using Division to Solve Word Problems – Solve word problems that require dividing two-digit and three-digit numbers. https://youtu.be/X-0qBMtC3wQ
Solving a Word Problem – To problem-solve, “Start at the end” with an example of a two-step word problem. This video uses an example with addition and division. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM_QWo7nAvQ&feature=youtu.be&list=PLlFtdlHUZsQu0lcD6Oj8KEHWPPgCj6pTc
Division is just multiplication in reverse – What is division? If you can multiply, you can divide. Did you ever think about that? See how with these examples from our game Making Camp Premium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclrMELOfcI
Meeting in the Middle