Do you want to incorporate more problem solving into your math lessons? If so, then you should be using math problem of the day! This is a great way to get your students practicing each math objective. In this blog post, we will discuss six different ways that you can use the math problem of the day in your classroom. Let’s get started!
As a Guided Math Center
One way you can use the problem of the day is as a guided math center. This means that you will have a problem for your students to work on as one of your must do or may do activities. You can then discuss the problem at the end of your Guided Math block.
At The Teacher Table
Another way you can use the problem of the day is at the teacher table during your time meeting with small groups. This is a great way to get your students working together and collaborating. You can have them work on the problem for a certain amount of time and then discuss it as a group. Students can share different ways they came up with their answers.
You can also use the problem of the day as a way to assess your students. This is a great way to see how your students are doing with their math skills. Use the problem of the day as a ticket out the door and have students submit their answers to you at the end of your math block. You can use their responses to evaluate how well they did on the day’s objective and to determine if you need to do any reteaching.
Testing or Spiral Review
You can also use the problem of the day as a way to review for testing. Some teachers may save the daily problems and use them a few weeks after the objectives have been taught as a way to spiral review past objectives.
Introducing New Skills
You can also use the problem of the day as a way to teach your students new material. This can be a great way to introduce new concepts to your students during your whole group math lesson before moving into Guided Math.
Finally, problem of the day can be used as morning work. You can display the math problem on your smart board and have students complete it in their math notebooks. You can then review the answer with your students before beginning your day.
Need problem of the day in your classroom?
Problem of the Day is now included in all of our Guided Math units! We’ve included printable options as well as a colorful option for you to use if you want to display it using a smart board.