# Math Problem Solving Process

In this discussion you might lean more heavily on other students to ensure that the strategies and steps being offered by students seem to fit the definitions of the 4 steps provided on the activity guide.

Discuss: Have students share what they wrote with a neighbor and then once again lead a discussion of the conversations they had.

Again give them a couple of minutes to quietly record the steps of their process before sharing with a neighbor.

Goal: All three of these discussions aim to reinforce the meaning of the 4 steps in the problem solving process.

Make Categories: You may want to group problems into larger categories during this conversation and invite students to help you do so.

For example, if two suggestions are "finding my keys" and "finding my homework" suggest a larger category of "finding lost things".

Define: Understanding the problem when it was assigned, examining available resources, finding problems with their original design before deciding how to fix them, looking at problems with other groups' boats Step 1: Introduce and as a class review the descriptions of the four steps in the process by reading them aloud.

On a sheet of paper I want you to brainstorm as many different kinds of problems as you can and be ready to share with the class.Goal: This conversation aims to demonstrate that problems and problem solving are a part of everyday life.Use this brainstorm to list as many different kinds of problems on the board as you can.Step 3: Ask students to select one type of problem that they think they're really good at solving.Use the list of problems already on the board to help students think of their type of problem.Your goal is to use the shared context of the aluminum boats problem to understand this process.Here's a possible set of steps students may come up with.Future units in CS Discoveries will present problems in contexts that may or may not be familiar.A structured problem solving process will be an important tool for helping students move forward in the face of novel and complex challenges.Discuss: Students should silently record their ideas in writing for a couple minutes.Afterwards invite them to share what they wrote with a neighbor and then finally bring the whole class together to develop a classwide list.

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