What real world problems can you use to help your students relate to the problem solving process?
I actually can think of any that it can't be or hasn't been used in. A problem is a problem and when they are solved, generally the first three steps, in one form or another, have been applied. Generally it is the last step that can often be short circuited, especially when an agreeable solution has been arrived at.
My challenge to my students has been, when discussing this, what solvable problems that you have faced in the last month could not be solved using this approach.
That said, a few practical 'problems' would include:
- Making a work schedule that enables the student to get all their tasks done.
- Selecting courses that will prepare them for their chosen career field.