# Problem Solving Approach To Mathematics

So a problem about three pigs may be changed into one which has any number of pigs. The answer to this problem will contain the answer to the previous three questions.

So a problem about three pigs may be changed into one which has any number of pigs. The answer to this problem will contain the answer to the previous three questions.

During the solution process, children may find that they have to look back at the original question from time to time to make sure that they are on the right track.Finally, the better students especially, may be able to generalise or extend the problem.Generalising a problem means creating a problem that has the original problem as a special case. The last part of that problem asks how many towers can be built for any particular height.Hopefully now the problem will be solved and an answer obtained.During this phase it is important for the children to keep a track of what they are doing.With younger children it is worth repeating the problem and then asking them to put the question in their own words.Older children might use a highlighter pen to mark and emphasise the most useful parts of the problem.This is useful to show others what they have done and it is also helpful in finding errors should the right answer not be found.At this point many children, especially mathematically able ones, will stop.But it is worth getting them into the habit of looking back over what they have done. First of all it is good practice for them to check their working and make sure that they have not made any errors.Second, it is vital to make sure that the answer they obtained is in fact the answer to the problem and not to the problem that they thought was being asked.

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