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Problem-Solving Time


"When teachers at Sheridan Elementary School in Spokane, Washington, saw that only 46 percent of their students were performing at or above grade level in math, they decided to make a concerted effort to improve instruction. Teachers regularly met in grade-level teams with Gurule, the school's instructional coach, and developed strategies together. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teams focused on improving students' problem-solving skills by having them work in small groups with an adult leader. They also established a process for problem solving that required students to read problems more carefully, encouraged in-class discussions of math problems, and gave students a rubric for self-assessment. After one year, the percentage of students at or above grade level leapt to 56 percent."