What Is Problem Solving In Mathematics

They'll do some guessing, some discovering and as they work they will be being introduced to, or will consolidate, all sorts of ideas in number such as different ways to make 12, or the concept of odd and even.

And when they have finished they will have produced something that is unique to them and which hopefully they will be proud of!

If you ask mathematicians what maths is, they will usually answer something along the lines of ‘the study of patterns’.

This activity is taken from the ATM publication "We Can Work It Out!

", a book of collaborative problem solving activity cards by Anitra Vickery and Mike Spooner.

And furthermore there are different definitions of what a problem is, and hence what problem solving means.

At one extreme we have sets of 'problems' which are all about practising a technique.

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