Problem Solving Strategies
We've been using these mathematical problem solving strategies for a while now, but it's only just recently that we decided to try them as a set of display posters.
We tried a number of varieties, and they all seemed to work well. Here's the first, focussing on the four phases of problem solving:
Problem Solving - Four Phases
We've found this useful as a classroom label; but also, printed on card and used as a desk resource. Children used a counter and placed it on each section of the card as they worked through each problem. This seemed to help them really focus on what they were doing - it also made it easier for the teacher to 'see where the children were'... which made intervention more purposeful.
Next, we looked more deeply at the strategies to use when attacking a problem and offer the following 10 strategies as classroom prompts or board labels. Clearly, different problems require different strategies, so it's more a 'pick and choose' than a process. With this resource we returned to the mathstick characters as icons (and decoration) for each strategy.
Problem Solving - 10 Strategies
The mathstick faces on the 'Strategies' lables were popular, so we revisited the first label/poster and redesigned it for younger children:
Problem Solving - Four Phases with Expressions
The first two items are on the first pdf download, the second set is a separate attachment. Both of them appear below this post. If you find any of these useful please let us know.
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