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Thinking and Problem Solving

Math is more than just adding and subtracting. It is more than learning how to work with fractions and percents. It is about learning how to analyze and solve problems. Unfortunately many students learn the basics of math in isolation from applying them. They learn how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide fractions using worksheets that give them plenty of practice in the basics, but no clear understanding of how to use fractions in different situations.

The GED Mathematics Test assesses the ability to think and solve problems. Therefore, the challenge for GED instructors is to teach math as a thinking skill. When you approach teaching math in this manner, it shifts your entire focus. If students are to be successful on the GED Mathematics Test, then the GED classroom needs to be focused on problem solving. That focus begins with you.

  • Are you a good math problem solver?
  • Do you use different problem-solving strategies depending on the type of problem you are facing?
  • Do you teach students to use a variety of problem-solving methods?

Those are tough questions. However, if you are going to teach your students to become better problem solvers, then you will want to develop your problem-solving strategies as well.