# The Importance Of Teaching Through Problem Solving In Mathematics

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Teachers should select tasks that allow students to learn content by having students figure out their own strategies and solutions. There are several good reasons for teaching through problem solving. Teaching through problem solving focuses students’ attention on ideas and has them reflect on the concepts; develops student confidence and makes them feel that they are capable of doing mathematics; provides a context or environment to help students build meaning for the concept; allows entry points for a wide range of students; provides ongoing assessment data useful for making instruction decisions, helping students succeed, and informing parents; allows for extensions for students who finish early; and engages students because it is a lot of fun (page 34, ¶1-9). Teaching through problem solving has benefits for learning and