How to help students become problem solvers

High achieving students are problem solvers. If you want to see an increase in the results from your students, teach them how to become better at problem-solving. Recently, I created a short video to explain the problem-solving process. You can check that out below.

No matter the content, student ability to solve problems will be put to the test. The best way to increase student skill in this area is to make it a part of your culture; specifically, the language that you use and how you react to problems. Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • Do you find yourself jumping in quickly to help a struggling student?
  • Is it possible that your reactions negate the need for students to begin the problem solving process?
  • How do you redirect a student who is clearly guessing?
  • Do you have power phrases that you use to prompt students to problem solve?
  • In your classroom, is the emphasis on the output or the input?
  • Are students encouraged to collaborate?

How do you teach students to solve problems? Please share your tips in the comments below.


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