Problem solving is one of three main areas of the national curriculum for mathematics; however, it is widely regarded as the most complex to teach. As many problems will be non-routine or in unfamiliar contexts, typically successful teaching strategies such as modelling may have limitations here. The EEF have a series of thought-provoking blog posts by Kirstin Mullholland on this matter, which are well worth your time.

The first blog post looks at the evidence on teaching problem solving.

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