Isn’t There an Easier Way to Solve Problems?
As an effective GED teacher, you need a variety of strategies and experiences to share so that your students can learn all kinds of math concepts. Provide your students with lots of experiential learning activities and model creative problem solving in the classroom when possible. Often students are not aware that you, the GED teacher, must also try numerous problem-solving strategies in order to obtain a correct answer.
There is no question that problem-solving skills need to be learned. The workforce requires problem-solving skills, a student’s personal life is filled with problems to solve, and even the communities in which people live often ask residents for help in solving the problems that face the neighborhood.
To help your students visualize the different steps and strategies that are used in problem solving, see a problem-solving wheel.
Move your mouse over each section of the wheel. You will see the four steps of problem solving and eight categories of math strategies.
Although it is easier to just show students how to do something, it is important that you teach them how to solve a problem on their own. Problem solving is one of the most important skills for success on the GED Mathematics Test.
Next, take a look at how different strategies can be used in each of the four content areas of the GED Mathematics Test.