The first step in the problem solving process is to correctly identify the problem. The next is to explore, identify, and choose a problem solving strategy. The third step in the process is to correctly implement the strategy chosen. But what happens when a student swears his/her strategy isn’t working? Usually, they have a problem solving habit that I might categorize as “malfunctioning” (not effective). Let’s look at the worst problem solving habits that some of your students just might have.

__Top Ten Worst Problem Solving Habits__**1)**Trying to do it all in your head; not writing anything down.

**2)**Arbitrarily choosing a strategy.

**3)**Staying with a strategy when it is not working.

**4)**Giving up on a strategy too early.

**5)**Getting fixated on a single strategy and trying to use it for everything.

**6)**Not asking yourself: “Does this make sense?”

**7)**Being afraid to ask for help.

**8)**Not checking your answer.

**9)**Not noticing patterns.

**10)**Going through the motions instead of thinking.

The student

**asking…**__should____be__**1) H**ave I shown an adequate amount of work to demonstrate what strategy (ies) I have used?

**2)**Is there more than one strategy which I could use to solve this problem?

**3)**Does choosing one strategy over another make the implementation easier?

**4)**Does the strategy I have chosen use any tables, charts, formulas or properties I need to review?

**5)**What technology or manipulatives could I use to help me solve the problem?

**As math teachers, what can we do in the classroom to guide this kind of thinking?**

## 1 comment:

These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

Dana

Fun in 1st Grade

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