Problem-solving involves three basic functions: Problem-solving is, and should be, a very real part of the curriculum.
It presupposes that students can take on some of the responsibility for their own learning and can take personal action to solve problems, resolve conflicts, discuss alternatives, and focus on thinking as a vital element of the curriculum.
This section of the nzmaths website has problem-solving lessons that you can use in your maths programme.
The lessons provide coverage of Levels 1 to 6 of The New Zealand Curriculum.
It provides students with opportunities to use their newly acquired knowledge in meaningful, real-life activities and assists them in working at higher levels of thinking (see Levels of Questions).
Here is a five-stage model that most students can easily memorize and put into action and which has direct applications to many areas of the curriculum as well as everyday life: For younger students, illustrations are helpful in organizing data, manipulating information, and outlining the limits of a problem and its possible solution(s).
Keep in mind that Math Word Problems require reading, comprehension and math skills so a child who is good at basic math equations may struggle more than you would expect when faced with math word problems.
All word problems are dynamic (in other words, they regenerate a new problem each time you open them or click refresh on your browser).
Textbooks: Beast Academy 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D, Guide and Practice.
Textbooks and BA Online access are included in the tuition and fees of this course.