Problem solving in math definitely creates problems for students, doesn't it? For some reason as soon as they find out they are going to solve problems in written word form, they run for the hills. (That's alright, because if I'm honest, the thought of teaching it sometimes makes me want to run for the hills too!)
Over on my blog, The Owl Teacher, I have all kinds of suggestions on how I teach problem solving in math, including the S.T.A.R. Method like in this anchor chart below.
I also have there a set of bookmark freebies for you to download and hand out to your students as a reminder to help them when the going gets tough!
Just remember that running for the hills is exercise... no one wants that. ;)