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


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


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

Problem of the Week

A new problem every week from the University of Waterloo

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

Math Pickle

Put your students in a pickle!

Robert Kaplinsky

Real world engaging problems for all students

Dan Meyer 3 Act Math

3 Act Real World Math Problems


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

Graham Fletcher 3 Act Tasks

Engaging problems with real world contexts