Across all year levels students explore a variety of strategies they can use when approaching any new maths problem.

We refer to this as the **Mathematician’s Strategy Toolbox**. These problem solving strategies include:

- Do I know a similar problem?
- Guess, check and improve (link)
- Try a simpler problem
- Write an equation
- Make a list or table
- Work backwards
- Act it out
- Draw a picture or graph
- Make a model
- Look for a pattern (link)
- Try all possibilities (eliminate possibilities) (link)
- Seek an exception
- Break the problem into smaller parts
- and ……………………….

*If one way doesn’t work I just start again another way.*

For more tips on **Working Mathematically: The Process** go to the Maths 300 webpage.

**When reading and responding to a word based maths problem:**

**make**a prediction**list**and work through the things you need to clarify such as words , phrases or concepts (include relevant facts and details)**identify**the BIG question (*What is the key problem I’m being asked to solve?*)**decide**how they are going to go about solving the problem (include the strategy/ies from the Mathematician’s Toolbox)**summarise**the process you just went through, remembering to word it to include the initial question with the answer

**identify** the BIG question (*What is the key problem I’m being asked to solve?*)

Love the maths blog Nicole

Joanne