For our students to be effective problem solvers, we need to teach them that there’s more than one way to solve a problem and to provide the strategies for them to do this. I wish my teachers had done this for me when I was in school! It’s vital that we provide the tools to encourage students to be effective problem solvers.
I made this chart for my students to use as a reference. During the first two terms of the year, I specifically teach the different strategies that students can use to solve problems. We use this card to help us make conscious decisions of which strategy to use when, and what works best for us. This has given even my strugglers more confidence and independence in giving tricky Maths a go!
I have intentionally included this card in both color and black and white to reduce copying costs if you wish to print onto colored card.