**A Word to Math Teachers About Word Problems**

From:

**“My Year Six daughter finds maths really hard and especially panics when attempting word problems .... . She is dyslexic and gets extra support with reading and writing but not maths.”**

Well,

dyslexia
or not, solving word problems requires a very specific strategy, very much different
from the one needed to solve arithmetic or algebra problems even when those are
used.

Simply
saying, solving math problems and solving problems using math are two different
practices requiring two different strategic/logical approaches.

That
strategy for solving word problems closely follows the one used for solving a physics
problem.

The reason
kids have difficulties with solving word problems is that math teachers simply do
not know that strategy, because no one teaches math teachers physics strategies.

I would
recommend to start from reading theses short posts:

**A General “Algorithm” for Creating a Solution to a Physics Problem**

### Modeling Instructions, Design Thinking, and Productive Thinking for a Science Teacher

### Deliberate Thinking v. Digging a Trench

### Graphical Approach for Structuring Physics Knowledge

### What does “Thinking as a Physicist” mean? Really.

### The Essence of the Meaning of “Zone of Proximal Development”

### Teaching Tools for Fostering Understanding of Physics

### What Math Skills do Students Taking Physics Need to Have?

**How I flipped my class without even knowing it.**

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