Problem Solving Process

The problem-solving process is merely a general guide of how to proceed in solving problems. In many cases, steps of the process will overlap, thus it may not be possible to perform each step of the process in the order given above. These four principles appear in many elementary-level textbook series as early as the kindergarten grade level.

Understanding the problem

What data or information is known?

What is unknown?

What are the conditions?

Plan the solution

Show your plan for solving this problem.

Carry out the plan

Using your plan, show your work and your solution.

Review and discuss your solution

Reflect on your solution.