On Friday 24 January 2020, a group of teachers went to the UCL Institute of Education to explore effective methods for developing problem-solving skills with their Year 12 students.
With the introduction of the new A levels, problem solving permeates the exam papers and so it is critical that we teach it well. However, we are all aware that it can be hard to do. It is abstract and therefore tough for many students, ranging across all of the already abstract areas of maths; it is essential, and yet easy to downplay in our classroom, within the battle to cover all skills and content.
During the event, teachers explored a variety of problem-solving materials and strategies designed to develop students’ problem-solving skills and prepare them for exams, including university admissions tests.
To find other problem solving events in your area, please visit the AMSP website.