Your mathematician’s strategy toolbox includes:
- Do I know a similar problem?
- Guess, check and improve
- Try a simpler problem
- Write an equation
- Make a list or table
- Work backwards
- Act it out
- Draw a picture or graph
- Make a model
- Look for a pattern
- Try all possibilities
- Seek an exception
- Break the problem into smaller parts
- and ……………………….
If one way doesn’t work I just start again another way.
How to read and respond to a word based maths problem:
When mathematicians have a problem they:
- Read & understand the problem.
- Plan a strategy to start the problem.
- Carry out their plan.
- Check the result.
The steps we follow are:
- make your prediction
- list and work through the things you need to clarify such as words , phrases or concepts
- identify the the BIG question
- decide how you are going to go about solving the problem (include the strategy/ies from the Mathematician’s Toolbox you use
- summarise the process you just went through, remember to word it so you include the initial question with your answer