Read, Draw, Write Process

“Trying to solve a problem before being taught the solution leads to better learning, even when errors are made in the attempt.”

            - Peter Brown, Make it Stick

For students to become great problem solvers, they need to engage with word problems daily. I recommend that teachers guide students to approach word problems through a Read, Draw, Write (RDW) process.

  1. Read the problem.

  2. Draw a picture or diagram.

  3. Write a number sentence demonstrating how they arrived at the answer.

  4. Write a Word Sentence that answers the question.