Numeracy: Step to it
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By John DabellMaths Coordinator at Lawn Primary School in Derby

Use practical challenges and a simple four-step procedure to develop effective problem-solving skills

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Provide children with a problem-solving method to help them investigate maths problems

Maths is knee-deep in problems, yet how many learners know a logical and systematic approach to solving them? It is essential that we make explicit a problem-solving method for children to follow in order that they approach problems and investigations with a structured plan of action in mind. There are four steps to learn and apply:

Step 1 – Understand the problem

Step 2 – Plan a strategy

Step 3 – Solve the problem

Step 4 – Reflect

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  1. Hannah Cartwright
    on 13 March 2011

    Thank you!

    A brilliant, informed article on problem solving. There is so little guidance on how to teach problems and what stategies to use and I found this article to be of great use for my lessons. I am going to try the frog lesson next week. Thank you!