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.
These tasks focus on developing key problem-solving skills: visualising, working backwards, reasoning logically, conjecturing, working systematically, looking for patterns, and trial and improvement.
These tasks lend themselves to exploring the role teachers play in encouraging a problem-solving approach.
These tasks are a good starting point for encouraging positive 'Habits of Mind' - collaboration, determination, thoughtfulness and curiosity.
These activities can help pupils to develop the skill of working independently from the teacher, often by working with other children.