The strategies below are designed for math classes, but could be used in any problem-solving setting.

Paper Carousel -- Instructions for Students
Step 1: Write your group members' names at the top of the paper, along with the date.
Step 2: On your own paper, write YOUR NAME under problem #1.
Step 3: Solve problem #1, and... (10 minute time limit)
Step 4: Rotate papers to your right. Write YOUR NAME under problem #2. Solve problem #2. Examine problem #1 -- do you agree or disagree? Circle and initial in the space provided to indicate your answer. (13 minute time limit)
Step 5: Rotate papers to your right. Write YOUR NAME under problem #3. Solve problem #3. Examine problems #1 and 2 -- do you agree or disagree? Circle and initial in the space provided to indicate your answer. (15 minute time limit)
Step 6: Rotate the papers to your right. At this time, the paper should be with the original person. Examine problems #2 and 3 -- do you agree or disagree? (7 minute time limit)
Step 7: Rotate the papers to your right. This is the second paper you worked on. Agree or disagree with problem #3. (4 minute time limit)
Step 8: Staple the papers in order!

Teachers can use Staple the Paper as a quick and easy assessment strategy. Teachers will want to establish the guidelines for the strategy up-front, so that students know what is expected.
  • Class needs to be set up in teams (it helps if teams are established).
  • Each student does his/her own work on the assignment.
  • Students need to discuss problems and check each other's work among the team members.
  • At the end of the assignment, teams will stack and staple their papers together.
  • The teacher will grade one of the papers from the stack. Tip: Decide ahead of time which paper you will grade and be consistent across the stacks. For example, grade the second paper in all stacks.
  • All team members receive the same grade from the paper that is checked.


Visit this website for Common Core-level math lessons and activities: http://www.realworldmath.org/.

In the Poster Method, students work as individuals, as collaborative members of small groups, and as collaborative members of a larger group. During the strategy, students "visit" other groups to examine their work and take ideas back to their home group.


Resources for the Poster Method:


When students participate in Heads Together, they work individually at first, then as a member of a small group. Groups who complete the problem successfully share their answers with the entire class.


Math Review teaches students to reflect on their own learning.


Every teacher puts his/her own spin on math review to make it work best with individual teaching style and particular groups of students. Here are some math review examples from Newberry High.