"Serious Problems" includes rigorous multi-step word problems that are aligned to the 7th grade common core curriculum. Each word problem is labeled with the standard number it addresses. Examples of possible student answers with explanations and common misconceptions are included This weekly investigation through problem solving allows students to gain confidence in the CC mathematical practice No.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Students are assigned the problems each week along with a rubric. Students have opportunities to grade their own work using the rubric. I meet with students in small groups as needed, addressing misconceptions on each particular problem as students begin working on their newly assigned weekly Serious Problems.
I have used the weekly problem solving approach for the past 8 years and have been amazed at the students progression in confidence and ability in finding entry points into a problem, setting up a plan that makes sense, and carrying out that plan!
I am in the process of creating a set of Serious Problems for CCSS 7.SP.5 thru 7.SP.8 so check back in to Feil Style often.