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The problem with problem solving

I believe Albert Einstein was once asked “If you have one hour to save the world, how would you spend that hour?”He replied, “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.”When asking 20 mathematics teachers to define problem solving you are likely to get 21 different definitions. In its recent report Problem...

More problems to solve

I have spent the last hour tweaking what I intend to do in Monday’s course, “Using resources to develop problem solving skills in secondary mathematics” The problem I have is not what to do, but what to leave out. We have so many resources from on the eLibrary alone before adding resources from...


Problem solving lessons

When you set the objectives for a lesson, are they always content based? To understand how to add fractions, use Pythagoras' theorem...

Have you ever set the objective as to develop a particular problem solving strategy? The one day course "Using resources to develop problem solving skills in secondary...


Problem solving resources

I've put together a few of my favourite resources to encourage problem solving in my maths lessons:

What are your favourite resources?

Any collection of this kind will never be exhaustive, but if you think I've missed a great resource let us know. If you do have any...


Sherborne Primary - Space Problem Solving

In Key Stage 1 children have been solving space maths problems using numicon. 


Perfect problem solving with Bojagi

As a mathematics teacher, I like to start the term with some basic number skills with my KS3 groups. This choice is grounded in solid reasoning: check the pupils have got a grasp of the basics before moving on to another topic. Prime factor trees make great display work, and Pascal’s Triangle can have the ‘wow’ factor. But how else can that start-of-the-new...

What is the problem with problem solving?

I was privileged to be invited to attend an excellent session, being held at the Centre, run by a local maths hub, exploring problem solving in mathematics. The session was attended by a group of teachers, from primary and secondary schools, who will act as ambassadors to support other teachers in their locality...


Using UKMT problems to develop problem solving skills

I like using problems like the one attached to this post, taken from the 2012 UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, in the classroom. If you haven’t seen it before, have a go at it now, but also think about how you might use it in the classroom.

I have used this question by just drawing the diagram...


Problem solving in computing and across STEM - part 1

UK students are good problem solvers. PISA tests reveal that they are better than most international peers, including those from countries with better performance in mathematics and reading. Can this help their achievement in computing and other STEM subjects?This series of articles explores problem solving in computing and across STEM, asking ‘what is...

FMSP Year 12 Students and Teacher Problem Solving Course

FMSP are holding a one day course at The National STEM Centre in York on Wednesday 21st October 2015

Teachers are invited to bring up to five of their Year 12 students for a day of Problem Solving.

This course aims:

· To familiarise teachers with problem solving resources to use...