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List of Problem Solving Strategies for INBs or Binders

Today I want to share a list of problem solving strategies designed to be glued in interactive notebooks. I have also included a full-sized version for binders.

list of math problem solving strategies for interactive notebooks

The upcoming school year is going to be a BUSY one, so I’ve been trying to get as many resources created as possible this summer.  My current project is writing SBG quizzes for Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.  So far, I’ve written 25 quizzes, but I have a zillion more to go.  Still, this is the first time I’ve ever written quizzes ahead of time, so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.

problem solving strategies for math classroom decorations

I was so excited about how productive I was being that I let myself work on something a bit more on the creative side: a problem solving strategies insert for my students to put in the front of their interactive notebooks.  I have various problem solving strategies posters on the wall of my classroom, but I decided I wanted students to have a copy, too!

list of math problem solving strategies for interactive notebooks

Each strategy has a small box to the left of it.  My idea is that when I go over these strategies with my students as we put them in our notebooks that they will draw a small icon to represent each strategy in the box.

Free Download of Problem Solving Strategies List

Problem Solving Strategies INB Page (PDF) (951 downloads )

Problem Solving Strategies INB Page (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (706 downloads )

If you download the editable file, you will need these free fonts: HVD Comic Serif Pro, Print Bold, and Spicy Rice.


Sunday 25th of February 2018

Dear Sarah, I discovered your blog and website yesterday and have spent a great deal of time reading your entries - you have done a marvelous job! You are so generous with your ideas - you must be a terrific teacher! You also give note to others. On your list of Problem-solving strategies you have the additional "Staring is not a viable problem-sovlig strategy" and attribute it to Margaret Kenney. Peg was a dear friend of mine - actually she was one of my undergraduate professors and then my boss when I worked for her and Fr. Bezuzska, S.J. at the Boston College Mathematics Institute. It was such nice surprise to see her name on your website. I have bookmarked your site - thank you for your work! It is stellar!


Sunday 11th of September 2016

Thank you Sarah! You rock as usual!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Saturday 15th of October 2016

Thanks Melynee!


Saturday 8th of August 2015

Where did you find the bulletin board letters?

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 18th of September 2015

I bought them at Mardel, but it was 4 years ago.

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Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Your article is very interesting, I wait for your next article.


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Nikki Lo

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Sarah I love this! I have your problem solving signs on my wall on a bulletin board and refer to them but not as often as I'd like. I think this might hold me more accountable :) Thanks! Also loving the new logo? title image? on your site!!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Friday 17th of July 2015

Thanks Nikki! I made the blog header using Canva. So easy!

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