Explicit instruction on the skill of problem solving has been interwoven into the courses. For example, in mathematics, students use a recurring problem solving checklist when working through word problems. With this checklist, students plan how to solve an equation, carry out their plan, and check to ensure that their answers are correct. Using the same model to solve problems each time bolsters fluency in problem solving.
Exposure to Open-Ended Questions
Students are presented with open-ended questions throughout the courses. These questions are intended to prompt engaging discussions between peers, with their teacher, with a parent at home, or among a small group. The nature of these questions allows for various approaches to solving the given problem, but acute critical thinking skills are also required to determine the validity and viability of a chosen approach.