Problem Strings: A Lesson Structure for All Students

The powerful teaching tool, Problem Strings, is a purposeful sequence of related problems designed to help students mentally construct mathematical relationships. It is an intriguing lesson structure during which teachers and students interact to develop important strategies and models. The power of a problem string lies in the carefully crafted conversation as students solve problems, one at a time, and the teacher makes thinking visible and draws out important connections and relationships.

Target Audience

8-9 & 10-12

To Bring/Important Notes

Download the free "The Most Important Numeracy Strategies" here.

"Lessons & Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy" is my book full of numeracy Problem Strings. 

"Building Powerful Numeracy" is the why, the how, the background, and the connections to higher math. It also has many Problem Strings.

"Algebra Problem Strings" and "Advanced Algebra Problem Strings" are my books full of Problem Strings for 8th grade and Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.


Friday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Room Callaghan (Westin)
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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  • Pam Harris

    Pam Harris is a mom, a former high school math teacher, a university lecturer, an author, and she wants to change the way we view and teach mathematics. “I had always bought into the myth that math is a disconnected set of facts to memorize, with rules and procedures to mimic.” But Real Math is thinking mathematically, not just mimicking what a teacher does. Pam helps teachers make this shift that supports students to learn Real Math.