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Memorizing is NOT ENOUGH!
And your child is completely lost when they see questions that involve critical thinking?
Word problems that are NOT difficult to compute BUT require thinking & reasoning skills to find the connections to even begin!
4 key skills for effective problem solving
How many matchsticks are used to form Figure 15?
Will be drawing out each figure until Figure 15 and then will start counting the number of matchsticks.
Many children are taught to draw and count to find the answer during the lower primary school years.
This way of finding the solution is correct, but it is usually time consuming and prone to miscounting.
But when they progress to the upper primary years, such question would require them to find what is in a bigger figure number and yet, they continue to use the same draw and count method to find the answer. And that is why children normally will get stuck, and due to time constraint, they will not be able to complete the drawing.
Will observe a pattern
- Figure 1 is constant
- Figure 2 is constant + 1 add-on (4 matchsticks)
- Figure 3 is constant + 2 add-ons (2x4 matchsticks)
Will draw a conclusion-> Number of add-ons = (Figure number – 1)
= 5 + (14 x 4)
= 61 matchsticks
An example of a Deductive Reasoning question is as follows:
Farmer Bill has a total of 8 ducks and sheep in his farm.
They have 20 legs in all.
Find the number of ducks Farmer Bill has.
Will try to guess and check
This way of finding the solution is correct but it is usually time consuming and especially when the ratio is far from 1:1.
But when they progress to the upper primary years, such question would require them to find what is in a bigger figure number and more variables, and yet, they continue to use the same guess and check method to find the answer. And that is why children normally will get stuck, and due to time constraint, they will not be able to complete the guessing.
Will make an assumption and then derive a solution
Step 1 : Draw circles to represent the total number of animals
Make an assumption: Assume all animals are ducks
Step 2 : Add in 2 legs for each head (A duck has 2 legs)
Deduce the solution: Use the remaining legs to transform a duck into a sheep
Step 3 : Use the remaining legs to transform a duck into a sheep (Use the remaining 4 legs to transform 2 ducks into 2 sheeps)
Step 4 : Label the animals.
An example of a Visual Spatial Thinking question is as follows:
Will stare at the diagram and will be too clueless to even start
Will move the diagrams in their mind such that the new diagram can help them make logical comparison
Stack the Left Picture on top of the Right Picture
Relocate the given heights to observe that it measures 2 tablesa
An example of a Critical & Inventive Thinking question is as follows:
Under the no-light condition, how can he pick out 1 blue pill and 1 red pill?
Will starts scratching their head with nothing comes in mind
Will bridge math concepts to the problem to look for possible solutions creatively.
Sum of Half of each = Half of Total
The pills will look like this.