Strategy 10: Make a Drawing

Some students are much more visually-oriented, so drawing the situation or action in a problem might come more naturally for them than re-writing. The drawing doesn’t have to be a schematic diagram – it can be an illustration of the action in the problem, or a cartoon with panes depicting the situation.

When you let students re-write or re-draw the problem, you are allowing them to bring all their creative, right-brain strategies into the effort to understand the problem! Sometimes their drawings can be a comic strip about the action in the problem - drawings don't have to be schematic representations like the bar model (although those are great drawings!)

This is Meg's drawing of the canteen problem, from Strategy 9: