Each year I teach my students a method of going through a word problem to identify the information they need, and get rid of the information they don’t. It involved underlining key words, finding the numbers, and figuring out what is being asked. As I was telling students they need to go through the steps to attack the problem, I added on that they attack the problem like a ninja. Eyes lit up. Smiles grew on faces. They all wanted to be a ninja. They follow these steps more now than they ever have before.
To see each step in the process of being a Problem Solving Ninja, come on over to my blog by clicking on the link above.