Remote Level 1

Getting Started With Exemplars Performance-Based Problem Solving

Do you spend the majority of your class time working on calculations and algorithms? Are your students applying their mathematical understanding to solve authentic problems or developing conceptual understanding by using hands-on/digital manipulatives and mathematical representations? Do you strive to create an environment where math talks serve as the foundation for student learning?

This first Zoom session in the series introduces educators to expectations for moving their students beyond “answer getting.” Participants will learn effective techniques that encourage students to solve complex problems, communicate strategies, and use representations and formal math language to clearly show their mathematical thinking and reasoning. 

Participants will also explore specific strategies to help students unpack problem-solving tasks while learning to anticipate student challenges and possible solutions. Classroom-tested methods are offered for leading collaborative student groups that inspire learners to engage in rich, real-world mathematics.

Broad Agenda

Agenda items may include:

  • What does Exemplars problem solving look like in my classroom?
  • Looking at student work— defining the expectations of performance-based learning.
  • What does day one look like with my students?
  • How do I incorporate problem solving into my classroom? 
  • Shifting mindsets in the classroom.
  • Introduction to the Exemplars Problem Solving Procedure.
  • Supporting students with their mathematical thinking.


This was amazing! Very very enjoyable because it is just what I am trying to do. It provided the next steps, it helped to guide me and confirm what I am doing, how I can improve. Loved being able to ask questions to clarify my thinking. I appreciated the patience and positivity and the willingness to share resources.

Carol Smith, Math and Science Teacher

I want to say that the professional learning session was fantastic yesterday. She was clear, the pacing was perfect and it was interactive as well. I particularly loved the way she introduced interactive teaching tools by using them with the teachers as she provided content.

L. Alfano, NYC Principal