Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

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### Katherine Ariemma Marin and Natasha E. Gerstenschlager

### Charles F. Marion

The simplest of prekindergarten equations, 1 + 2 = 3, is the basis for an investigation involving much of high school mathematics, including triangular numbers, arithmetic sequences, and algebraic proofs.

### Michelle T. Chamberlin and Robert A. Powers

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

### Eric Cordero-Siy and Hala Ghousseini

Three deliberate teaching practices can help students strengthen multiple connections to a unifying concept.

### Blake Peterson

Examining the covariation of triangle dimensions and area offers a geometric context that makes analyzing a piecewise function easier for students.

### Lori Burch, Erik S. Tillema, and Andrew M. Gatza

Use this approach to developing algebraic identities as a generalization of combinatorial and quantitative reasoning. Secondary school students reason about important ideas in the instructional sequence, and teachers consider newfound implications for and extensions of this generalization in secondary algebra curricula.

### Kristin Frank

Lessons that focus on a conceptual understanding offer an opportunity for students to learn about mathematical structure, not just computation.

### William DeLeeuw, Samuel Otten, and Ruveyda Karaman Dundar

The planful use of boardspace can help move the structure and regularity to the visual realm and make it more readily perceivable by students.

### Caroline Byrd Hornburg, Heather Brletic-Shipley, Julia M. Matthews, and Nicole M. McNeil

Modify arithmetic problem formats to make the relational equation structure more transparent. We describe this practice and three additional evidence-based practices: (1) introducing the equal sign outside of arithmetic, (2) concreteness fading activities, and (3) comparing and explaining different problem formats and problem-solving strategies.

### S. Asli Özgün-Koca and Matt Enlow

In this month’s Growing Problem Solvers, we aimed to help students explore patterns where they pay attention to the mathematical structures behind those patterns.