Mathematician’s Toolbox

Look for and describe with a pattern or rule.

Find an exception to the rule.

Write a sum or number sentence.

Have I seen a similar problem?

Break the problem into manageable parts.

Write a table or list.

Draw a diagram or graph.

Guess,check and improve.

Work backwards.

Make a model.

Act it out.

Test all possibilities.

Here is a PowerPoint unpacking these strategies-The Mathematician’s Toolbox