**Presented at**: GACIS (Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors)

**Date: **9-25-2014

**Title of Presentation:** Be Less Helpful: Using 3-Act Problems to Build Students’ Mathematical Competence

**Session Overview: **Intuitively as teachers we help our students too much. We need to become less helpful in math class if our students are to succeed mathematically. In this workshop, participants will further understand the importance of the 8 Standards of Mathematics Practice and the role they play in math class. Participants will engage in 3-Act tasks and recognize how the SMPs are amplified through the use of patient problem solving.

**Presentation Slides: Be Less Helpful- GACIS 2014 Slides**

**My Go-To Resources**

- Dan Meyer-Math Class Needs a Makeover
- The 3-Acts of a Mathematical Story
- Effective Instructional Practices Guide (Georgia Department of Education)

**Handouts:**

**Elementary 3-Acts**

- https://gfletchy.com/3-act-lessons/
- http://mikewiernicki.com/3-act-tasks/ (Penny Cubed)
- More Elementary 3-Act Tasks (Thanks Mike and Jenise)

**Middle & High School 3-Acts**

- Dan Meyer’s 3-Act (google doc)
- Andrew Stadel’s 3-Act
- Geoff Krall (problem-based lessons)
- Robert Kaplinsky (problem-based lessons)