**35. MATHEMATICAL WORK GROUPS**(Collaboration, Writing, Discussion)

**Description:**This collaborative activity centers on problem-solving in a deliberate and intentional way.

**Application:**Use in mathematics class for problem solving, perhaps at the beginning of a new concept.

**Process:**Before class meets, research a variety of sources that students can use. Based on student strengths and weaknesses, assign a role for each student. Form groups and give each student group problems to solve. Differentiate each group based on abilities:

*Word Warden:*find words to help in solving the problem and develop vocabulary for the problem; determine what functions may need to be performed to solve the problem.

*Fact Finder:*unearth the facts of the problem. Determine which mathematical formulas may be needed to be used to solve the problem.

*Illustrator:*seek charts, diagrams, organizers, or pictures that will help the group visualize the problem and “see” the potential answer.

*The Calculator*: label calculations to monitor; advise on the best ones to use.

*The Explainer:*explain reasons why or why not the group’s ideas about the problem and its solution are working. Find the trouble spots. Conclude if the answer is right or wrong.

*The Questioner:*determine questions about the problem and what steps may be needed to solve it.

*Reference and/or for more information:*

**35. Mathematical Work Groups**

Koechlin, C., Zwaan, S.

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