Polya questioningAlso known as: Polya problem-solving, 4-step problem solving
Polya questioning is a scaffold that breaks down problem solving into 4 steps: understanding, planning, executing and reflecting. It:
- supports educators to plan an approach to a problem solving lesson and promote metacognition
- supports students to find a pathway into problem solving
- was designed by Pólya, a mathematician, and has strong connections to Newman's Error Analysis.
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How to use with ICT
- For another problem solving strategy, check out Newman's Error Analysis which focuses on solving mathematical word problems.
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