Problem of the Month (POM)
The tri-school teaching staff attended a professional development session led by elementary specialists, Sarah Kingston and Jessica Roine, on Problem of the Month, an approach to providing differentiation for math problem-solving. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade at all three elementary sites will be working on Level A of the Wheel Shop Problem and students will progress from Level A through Level E depending on their level of math readiness, interest, and perseverance in solving challenging math problems.
The POM will be introduced to students the week of October 13 and will end the week of November 7. One component of the POM is that students work in groups and create posters that show either their progress toward or completion of solving one level of the problem. This decision is made by each group of students. Students’ posters will be displayed the week of Parent Conferences.
Recently the sixth-graders completed their first POM called Squirreling It Away. Students viewed one anothers’ posters in a gallery walk, listened to others’ presentations, and completed a self-assessment of their work. Students seemed to thoroughly enjoy seeing and hearing each others’ mathematical thinking!
Check out this interesting article, “Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!,” published years ago but very timely for our discussions about how our math classrooms are changing to support the shifts in Common Core.