# Problem Solving Guide

Name

Date

1. Is there a problem to solve? (Yes - No - Possibly)

2. What is it? Exact statement of the problem:

3. What information is needed to solve the problem?

4. Where can it be found?

5. Can I solve this problem?

(Easily - With a lot of work - No - Maybe)

(By myself - With help)

From whom

5. How long will it take me?

6. What patterns can I see in this problem?

7. What strategies might work?

8. What order should I try the strategies?

9. What would I estimate as an answer?

10. Answer these questions when you get to the half way point on your list of steps:

Are things going as planned? (Yes - No - Maybe)

Should I (Continue - Reevaluate)

11. Answer this question when the problem is solved: How did it turn out? (hints in chart)

Very successful |
Pretty successful |
Unsuccessful |

Is really finished |
Could use more work |
Don't know what to do next |

Was harder than expected |
Was easier then expected |
Was as hard as expected |

Took longer |
Took less time |
Took what I thought |

12. Can I use the solution and/or the problem solving strategies in the future? (yes no)

If so what future uses?

Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©