General Problem Solving Suggestions


                    Teach heuristics/strategies


                    Ask questions


                    Keep in mind why we teach problem solving


                    Imitation is important in learning problem solving


                    Incorporate problem solving throughout the mathematics curriculum





Suggestions for Helping Students Solve Routine Problems


        Focus on the action of the problem

        Write problem (or have students write problems) without numbers and then describe how to solve them

        Give student numbers and ask them to create a problem

        Focus on number sentence that describes problem situation

        Include two-step problems

        Solve a variety of types of problems at once

        Provide problems with too much or too little information