Problem solving is a critical component of learning mathematics in the early years. Young students who are engaged in meaningful problem solving develop basic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and a repertoire of problem-solving strategies.
Why Teach Problem Solving?
There are many benefits to teaching problem solving. These include:
It bases students’ mathematical development on their current knowledge;
It is an interesting and enjoyable way to learn mathematics;
It is a way to learn new mathematics with greater understanding;
It produces positive attitudes towards mathematics;
It makes the student a junior mathematician;
It teaches thinking, flexibility and creativity;
It encourages co-operative skills;
It is a useful way to practice mathematical skills learned by other means;
It is similar to the approach used in other curriculum activities.