Course Objective: With the incorporation of Common Core in the mathematics curriculum, learners are expected to be able to think deeply and apply knowledge. Many learners struggle with word problems because they do not know how to translate english words to math words. Learners must know how to translate an English word to a math word. In math, words have their own meanings which do not mean the same as they do in the English language. Also According to Richardson, Sherman, and Yard (2009) the most common issue students have is not being able to identify what the problem is asking them to find. Learners must learn strategies that will help them in determining what the question is asking the learner to find.
Abstract: Imagine sitting in a sixth grade mathematics classroom with thirty two other students. Each day, you follow the same routine. Each class is dominated by teacher instruction. When you are asked to solve a problem, you are only able to solve the problem using the same method that the teacher demonstrated. Where is the student engagement, the motivation to learn, and most importantly, the creativity? In order for students to be engaged and to be able to reach a deep level of understanding, they should be encouraged to use various strategies to find solutions. With the implementation of the common core standards, students are encouraged to use different approaches to solve real-life problems. This practice will not only engage learners of different abilities, but also help them in their future schooling and careers. 2b1af7f3a8