# Questions to Use to Assess Student's Mathematical Problem Solving

- Do students come up with their own strategies for solving problems, or do they expect others to tell them what to do?

- What do their strategies reveal about their mathematical understanding?
- Do students understand there are different strategies for solving different kinds of problems?
- Do they articulate their strategies and try to understand other students' strategies?
- How do students use materials to model a mathematical situation to find solutions?
- How do students keep track of and record their work? Is it difficult for them to talk, draw, and write about their work?
- Do they solve mathematical problems in ways that make sense to them?
- How do they work with peers cooperatively, participate in whole class discussion, and share ideas, materials, creations?
- Do they learn form the thinking of others?
- How do they work independently?
- Do they have confidence in their own thinking?
- When given choices what do they choose: a situation similar to a previous one or a different one?
- Do they stay in one place, occasionally move comfortably, or move around a lot?