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Structured Problem Solving

This strategy is most helpful for larger multi step problems.


  • Identify the steps in solving the particular problem, and separate the students into groups. Because the steps for solving the problem are given, it is easier for the students to handle large complex problems and they have greater confidence.
  • Assign them a sample problem and give them a specific time period, at the end of which the group must have reached a consensus for the answer.
  • Have students report their solution and explain how each step was used in the context of the problem.