Bethany Roberts

Math Notes: A Tool for Solving Word Problems

I have been teaching for 13 years and each year, I see many students consistently struggle with solving math word problems. So, for my action research project, I decided to incorporate the Math Notes tool into my classroom, to test the theory that giving students a planning tool would help them be more efficient in solving word problems. After using Math Notes with my students for 3 weeks, I saw significant gains in both their confidence and their efficiency.  Before incorporating Math Notes, only 51% of my students said they felt confident when solving word problems. After the project, that number went to 69%. I also saw an 11-14% increase on their test scores! Math Notes is definitely an effective tool to help students be more successful with solving word problems.

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