Approaches and methodologies

Problem solving - part 2

Children need to develop problem-solving skills in general and to be confident in
their own ability to attempt a solution.

  • Children should be taught a variety of strategies and to experiment with applying the same strategy to different problems and different strategies to the same problem. These strategies will vary according to the age of the child.
  • You, the teacher will need to structure the problems given to the children so that they experience success
  • Re-reading of a problem by the child should be encouraged
  • Co-operative group work and class discussion of the results of a problem solving exercise encourage the children to respect the ideas of others
  • Children can invent problems for others to solve, and discuss the results