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.
Read the problem.
Draw a picture or diagram.
Write a number sentence demonstrating how they arrived at the answer.
Write a Word Sentence that answers the question.