The Mathematics standards compel us to make mathematics relevant to students by moving beyond mere answer getting to doing the work of mathematicians. The standards emphasize the development of students’ abilities to use mathematics to represent their lived experiences and to simplify and explain complex phenomena.
Word problems have an undeserved reputation within mathematics. With a better understanding of why people struggle with word problems, and ideas for supporting them in instruction, word problems can be a useful tool for learning mathematics.
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