Developing mastery for all
through everyday problem solving
Sarah-Anne Fernandes, September 2016
and find the value of the symbol used...
Would your pupils spot the pattern
with the last symbol in each calculation?
Would your pupils know where
the best place is to start? And why?
Furthermore, a key part of mastery is that this concept of deepening understanding should not be viewed as an area for only ‘more able’ pupils to engage in. Teachers should make problem solving and reasoning accessible to all pupils and make it an integral part of daily teaching.
- Teachers viewing problem solving tasks as time consuming activities that take a long time to embed within daily practice
- Pupils not having experience with solving a wide range of problem solving tasks and consequently they have not built up effective skills to tackle such problems
- Finding all possibilities
- Finding rules and describing patterns
- Logic puzzles
- Real –life word problems
- Reasoning: True or false
- Reasoning: Explain how you know
- Reasoning: Would you rather?
- Reasoning: Odd one out
- Reasoning: Always, sometimes, never true
- Reasoning: Convince me – What’s the same? What’s different?
- Reasoning: If the answer is X, what is the question?
that a pentagon has five equal sides?