In a perfect math classroom, no student would ever have to use the guess and check method but let’s be honest…it’s not a perfect world. Guess and check is the fallback method of most students who can’t figure out a problem.
When teaching guess and check it is important to stress that it is a very last resort as it can be extremely time consuming. Here is how to give a bit of direction to reduce the time restrictive nature of the guess and check method.
When my students come up against a question they need to use guess and check to solve, here are the steps I have them follow.
Tips for success:
Though guess and check is not the most efficient nor mathematically beautiful way to solve a problem it is important to teach our students how to use it as a fallback method. One added bonus of having students use the guess and check method is that it gets students to practice estimation skills.
See how this works in your classroom and let me know if you have any additions that you found. Teaching is best when people are sharing their ideas, successes and failures.
Miss Math Tutor
I have taught math for 5 years and am always looking for and developing fun, innovative ways to create meaningful learning for my students.