# 2018 term 3 Mathematical Problem Solving

Collaborative problem solving sessions will happen once a week on a Friday morning. Students will work in pairs or small groups, across ability and age. Mathematical problem solving produces positive attitudes towards mathematics, teaches thinking, flexibility and creativity and encourages co-operative skills.

There are four stages to solving a mathematical problem: understand and explore the problem, find a strategy, use the strategy to solve the problem, then look back and reflect on the solution. Strategies we will use include - Guess (this includes guess and check, guess and improve)

- Act it Out (this includes using equipment)

- Draw (this includes drawing pictures and diagrams)

- Make a List (this includes making a table)

- Think (this includes using skills we already know).