Problem Solving is an intellectual and creative process where students engage with challenging authentic and non-routine tasks where the path to a solution is not obvious.
Students plan, investigate and revise as they select and apply the mathematics they know. Students formulate, use and test known strategies and break down problems into a series of simpler steps as they persevere to seek solutions.
Problem Solving is the primary focus of numeracy and is a means through which students can make connections to their experiences in and out of the classroom
Doing math without being told to do math
Test out own ideas
Formulating own questions & pursuing them
Contextual, Interesting, Authentic or Real-life
Generating own new ideas
Becoming own teachers
Selecting own strategies
Real Problems explained by Dan Myer
5 Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching