In this clip, Hillary Lewis-Wolfsen invites students to look at the same problem, but with a different strategy used by a student to organize the information in the problem.

In addition to having the students figure out how others solved the problem, we asked them to analyze the different strategies and decide which would be easier to understand for Mrs. Dobson’s 4th graders. We’d expected them to agree that the second method was clearer, but kids often surprise adults. Saurabh firmly felt that the first (diagonal) arrangement was more clearly organized.

In addition to having the students figure out how others solved the problem, we asked them to analyze the different strategies and decide which would be easier to understand for Mrs. Dobson’s 4th graders. We’d expected them to agree that the second method was clearer, but kids often surprise adults. Saurabh firmly felt that the first (diagonal) arrangement was more clearly organized.