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Loving Word Problems: A Step-By-Step Class on Solving Two-Step Word Problems

Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (6)
Completed by 23 learners
In this 3 week course we will take an extended look at how we can solve two-step word problems by analyzing the key words and information given in the word problem using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
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year old learners
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learners per class


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$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 3 weeks
50 minutes per class
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Class Experience

This three week course will be structured in the following format.  By the end of the course, your child will learn that word problems do not have to be overwhelming, but can easily be solved when they break them up into smaller portions and work them step-by-step.

Week 1: The students will participate in finding key information in the word problem and relating that information to real-life examples
Week 2: The students will learn steps used to solving a word problem using the (WIPS) model.
WIPS model: 
W: what is the question?
I: what information is given?
P: create a plan to solve.
S: solve
Week 3: The students will practice solving real-world word math problems using the steps that we learned in all operations.
For the past 10 years I have specialized in teaching math to elementary age students.  I have learned that many students get overwhelmed when looking at a word problem and immediately they begin to shut down and tune out the information.  I have found that when teaching students to take word problems one step at a time and to analyze the information in the word problem, that they can solve them easily.  

My passion is teaching kiddos that math does not have to be overwhelming, but that we can find a way to embrace and love the challenge that math brings to our daily life. 
For this class, your child will receive one homework assignment each week.  The assignments will only reinforce what we have learned in class that week.
The only materials that students will need is some type of writing material (crayon / marker / pencil) and something to write on. If they have a small white board and marker that will work too.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The last week of class we will spend time diving deep into multi-step word problems.  Each child in class will receive an opportunity to help solve the problem using the skills learned throughout the class. 

I will also be able to assess the students each week as they complete their homework to see if they need any reinforcement on the skills they reviewed when doing their homework. Each class I will take a few minutes to check their homework and reinforce skills taught in previous classes.  
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

Meet the teacher

Vanessa Fowler
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (114)
Hi there!  My name is Vanessa Fowler.  I graduated from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and I currently hold a degree in elementary education. I have worked for the past 18 years teaching 1st - 5th graders.  I have spent over 10 years... 
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