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The Problem-solving Classroom

This feature aims to help you create a space in which problem solving can flourish.  We suggest four aspects to consider, which are detailed in the article below, and we offer groups of tasks which link to each aspect.  

This feature is closely related to our main Problem Solving Feature so do take a look at that too.



The Problem-solving Classroom link

The Problem-solving Classroom 

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers outlines issues to consider when developing an environment in which problem solving can thrive and links to a range of related NRICH tasks.

The Problem-solving Classroom: Key Problem-solving Skills link

The Problem-solving Classroom: Key Problem-solving Skills 

Stage: 1 and 2

These tasks focus on developing key problem-solving skills: visualising, working backwards, reasoning logically, conjecturing, working systematically, looking for patterns, and trial and improvement.

The Problem-solving Classroom: the Teacher's Role link

The Problem-solving Classroom: the Teacher's Role 

Stage: 1 and 2

These tasks lend themselves to exploring the role teachers play in encouraging a problem-solving approach.

The Problem-solving Classroom: Encouraging a Productive Disposition link

The Problem-solving Classroom: Encouraging a Productive Disposition 

Stage: 1 and 2

These tasks are a good starting point for encouraging positive 'Habits of Mind' - collaboration, determination, thoughtfulness and curiosity.

The Problem-solving Classroom: Developing Independent Learners link

The Problem-solving Classroom: Developing Independent Learners 

Stage: 1 and 2

These activities can help pupils to develop the skill of working independently from the teacher, often by working with other children.