[Math]odology Monthly Message
 [Math]odology MONTHLY MESSAGE VOL. 7
 Anchor Task It was not until 15 years ago that I came across this idea of an "anchor task." Once I integrated it into my classroom, I noticed a change in the entire culture of my class. Students were willing to take risks, the dialogue around the mathematical content was much deeper, and all students had an opportunity to contribute.   Luckily my path afforded me the opportunity to learn from experts in the field such as Dr. Yeap Ban Har and Dr. Marian Small. In addition, I began to write and test anchor tasks in classrooms for publishing purposes. Below are some tips I use when writing a problem.
 TIP #1- REVERSE THE TASK
 Use a task from your textbook, like the one below and open it up a little by using the numbers and asking the students to create the question.
 Option 1: Penny used the cards to make two 3-digit numbers. What could the sum of her problem be? Take the numbers in the problem and allow the students to create multiple problems. You may choose to add another layer such as, what is the largest or smallest sum possible?
 Option 2: Remove the numbers and ask for two 3-digit numbers that add to 627, or use vague language asking for a sum close to 600. You may choose to add a layer by stating that no digit can repeat? Or is it possible to use consecutive digits?
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 TIP #2- USE "Soft" LANGUAGE
 think!Mathematics SHOWCASE
 This Grade 1 anchor task allows for multiple entry points. It offers an opportunity to look for patterns in developing flexible thinking in decomposing numbers, and most importantly is laying the foundation for renaming during operations.
 This Grade 3 anchor task includes "soft words" to allow all students an opportunity to share ideas because there is not only one correct answer. We need to train our students to look at problems from different perspectives.
 Removing the numbers allows a student to reason about why certain number choices are easier to visualize than others. Teachers can then ask students to write their own problems keeping in mind the number choice and how it affects the problem.
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