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**Math Exemplars**

Getting Started with Exemplars

Many teachers find it useful to select Exemplars tasks to teach their students problem solving.

Page 1:

The first page gives the problem to the students.

Page 2:

Detailed teacher notes.

Page 3:

Each lesson has a task-specific rubric at four levels describing what a student would do at each level of performance (Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner and Expert)

Page 4:

Anchor papers

What Do Exemplars Look Like in the Classroom?

PROBLEM-SOLVING STEPS

Start

1. Give an Exemplars task to practice with the entire class.

2. Share the anchor papers.

3. Discuss them as a class.

4. Score them as a class using the rubric.

The Exemplar

Problem Solving:

*Let's look at an Exemplar together and

follow the steps to solve the problem.

Step 4 and 5: Collaborative Groups

STOP!

If a task is not going well do not use it as an assessment piece. Instead, use it as an instructional tool and solve it together.

Exemplars can be used to....

*Instruct

*Explore

*Diagnose

*Self-Assess

*Communicate

Step 1

Read the problem as a class.

*Highlight the important information.

*Underline the question.

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Step 2:

Plan How To Solve the Problem

*What skills are needed?

*What strategies can you use?

*What ideas will help you out?

*Is there any information that I need to inference?

Step 3:

Solve the Problem

*Use math computation to find a solution.

*Give the students about 10-15 minutes independent time to work on this and have their own answer, strategy and plan.

Picture Representation

*Draw a picture about your solution.

Written Expression

*Write and tell what steps you you took to solve the problem.

*Include and use good math vocabulary. (For the students, you could give them a word bank of vocabulary words you want them to include into their written expression.

Conclusion

Would this problem be easier today than yesterday?

Discussion

Starters

(use task organizer)

What did you do to solve

this problem?

Are numbers important

in solving

this problem? Why?

Why was this

problem easy?

Did graphs help you solve the problem? Why?

Assessment

*Rubric

-Helping students become effective self-assessors has an enormous impact on student performance.

Rubrics

Jigsaw and Thermometer