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.



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.