The problem solving model
Over the years I have seen and almost tried it all but every time I got to problem solving it didn’t matter what new model I was trained on it wasn’t as effective as I thought that it should be. I spent a great deal of my time trying to convinced the students that they could not only remember the problem solving process presented but that they could eventually flow through it on their own. I realized that it was like pulling teeth with the students because I couldn’t get them to connect to or buy into the process. I was also battling previous required rote skills that meant nothing to many of them. I started to talk with the students about the processes that they have tried and the strategies they remembered to use. Many teachers use and swear by the examples below and I’m all for reaching every learning so by all means if they work then allow students the success in using them. I just could not get them to draw it, fill it in, remember it or use it successfully.
I knew that there had to be something else that I could do to best reach my students and bring a little joy back into the problem solving process. I watched the student frustrations, listened to misconceptions and looked through their attempted processes to assist me in thinking about a possible solution.