**Problem Solving**

**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**

**Non-Routine**

**Formulating conjectures**

**Test out own ideas**

**Formulating own questions & pursuing them**

**Minimal scaffolding**

**Contextual, Interesting, Authentic or Real-life**

**Generating own new ideas**

**Discovering patterns**

**Becoming own teachers**

**Selecting own strategies**

**Discovery**

**Read…**

#### Nrich on Problem Solving

Resources to help you develop a problem-solving approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

#### Building Thinking Classrooms

What conditions need to occur for students to engage in rich mathematical problem solving? Peter Liljedahl

**Watch…**

Jo Boaler discusses problem solving and inquiry in math

Dan Finkel outlines how to use rich tasks for problem solving

Dan Myer discusses how math class needs a revolution and bringing the real world to math

Dan Finkel discusses how to light students curiosity

Dan Finkel shares 5 ways to engage children with mathematics

Dan Finkel explains how to engage students in productive struggle

Alberta Learning parent video on the importance of problem solving

Dan Finkel shares how students can take ownership through rich tasks and problem solving

**Classroom Resources…**

#### Nrich Math

The home of rich mathematics

#### Tap into Teen Minds

3 Act Math Tasks by Canadian Kyle Pearce

#### Alicia Burdess

A math consultant from Grand Prairie school division with tasks for problem based learning

#### Math for love

Dan Finkel offers a bank for free problem based lessons for all grades

#### Open Middle

Challenging problems and tasks worth solving

#### Yummy Math

Engaging problems with real world contexts

#### Robert Kaplinsky

Real world engaging problems for all students

#### Dan Meyer 3 Act Math

3 Act Real World Math Problems

#### Peter Liljedahl.com

Rich tasks and Problems for a thinking classroom

#### Youcubed Tasks

Engaging low floor and high ceiling tasks and problems

#### Galileo Education Network

Galileo Math Project offers a bank of rich math problems