# Problem Solving Maths Lessons

### Problem solving is at the heart of engaging and inspiring mathematics lessons.

In the past couple of years, my faculty have gone through deep-dive OFSTED inspectionsâ€”a trial inspection with three HMIs and an actual inspection. The trial inspection showed all students have a love of maths. Later, in the words of my headteacher, the real inspection simply blew the lead inspector away. In each review, we showed how we teach mathematics through problem-solving. mathematics through problem-solving.

Shortly after blogging about the inspections, I received hundreds of messages from teachers and Heads of Maths asking for advice about embedding such an approach. My answer is simple, make problem-solving questions a feature of every lesson for students of all abilities.

To help with this, I would like to share four problem-solving lessonsâ€”these range from applying the rules of arithmetic to solving real-life problems with compound interest. In addition, every resource comes with a worksheet and tutorial video that models the solutions.

## Sample Problem Solving Mathematics Lessons

#### Perimeter and Area

Students are challenged to solve problems involving perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles.

Go teach it

#### Averages

Students are challenged to apply their understanding of the mean, mode, median and range to solve problems involving datasets.

Go teach it

#### Written Methods

Students are challenged to apply the rules of arithmetic to a series of real-life, functional problems.

Go teach it

#### Compound Percentages

Students are challenged to apply compound percentage changes to calculate an original amount after a percentage change, a percentage rate and compare real-life investments.

Go teach it

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My name is Jonathan Robinson and I am passionate about teaching mathematics. I am currently Head of Maths in the South East of England and have been teaching for over 15 years. I am proud to have helped teachers all over the world to continue to engage and inspire their students with my lessons.

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