# Maths Problems Solving

Don't start trying to solve anything when you've only read half a sentence.Try first to get a feel for the whole problem; try first to see what information you have, and then figure out what you still need. Figure out what you need but don't have, and name things. And make sure you know just exactly what the problem is actually asking for.’ Maddy Barnes, assistant head and English consultant, explains why every school needs the Teacher’s Moderation Toolkit “I can’t imagine not using it now” We have been using the Moderation Toolkit for almost a full academic year and cannot imagine assessing children’s writing without it.The Teacher’s Moderation Toolkit consists of termly exemplification materials for Y1-6.The hardest thing about doing word problems is using the part where you need to take the English words and translate them into mathematics.

You would be expected to know that "time and a half" means dollars for every over-time hour.You'll be expected to know that a "dozen" is twelve; you may be expected to know that a "score" is twenty.You'll be expected to know the number of days in a year, the number of hours in a day, and other basic units of measure.(And, if you can't think of any meaningful definition, then maybe you need to slow down and think a little more about what's going on in the word problem.) In all cases, don't be shy about using your "real world" knowledge.Sometimes you'll not feel sure of your translation of the English into a mathematical expression or equation. For instance, if you're not sure if you should be dividing or multiplying, try the process each way with regular numbers. Solving any one of the Millenium Problems is a guaranteed way to earn

You would be expected to know that "time and a half" means dollars for every over-time hour.

You'll be expected to know that a "dozen" is twelve; you may be expected to know that a "score" is twenty.

You'll be expected to know the number of days in a year, the number of hours in a day, and other basic units of measure.

(And, if you can't think of any meaningful definition, then maybe you need to slow down and think a little more about what's going on in the word problem.) In all cases, don't be shy about using your "real world" knowledge.

Sometimes you'll not feel sure of your translation of the English into a mathematical expression or equation. For instance, if you're not sure if you should be dividing or multiplying, try the process each way with regular numbers.

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