**Your mathematician’s strategy toolbox includes:**

- Do I know a similar problem?
- Guess, check and improve
- Try a simpler problem
- Write an equation
- Make a list or table
- Work backwards
- Act it out
- Draw a picture or graph
- Make a model
- Look for a pattern
- Try all possibilities
- Seek an exception
- Break the problem into smaller parts
- and ……………………….

*If one way doesn’t work I just start again another way.*

**How to read and respond to a word based maths problem:**

When mathematicians have a problem they:

- Read & understand the problem.
- Plan a strategy to start the problem.
- Carry out their plan.
- Check the result.

The steps we follow are:

**make**your prediction**list**and work through the things you need to clarify such as words , phrases or concepts**identify**the the BIG question**decide**how you are going to go about solving the problem (include the strategy/ies from the Mathematician’s Toolbox you use**summarise**the process you just went through, remember to word it so you include the initial question with your answer