# 4 Step Problem Solving Process

Some people think that you either can do it or you can't.

As mentioned above, I use Polya’s four steps to problem solving to show students how to solve word problems.

Just note that your math teacher or math book may word it a little differently, but you will see it all basically means the same thing.

Even the best athletes and musicians had some coaching along the way and lots of practice.

That's what it also takes to be good at problem solving.

The final step is to Look Back, which really means to check your work. Try using Polya's 4-Step Process to solve this riddle: There are 10 people at a party.

Each person must say hello to each other person exactly once. Step 1 - Understand the problem Okay, so we have 10 people saying hello, but they don't have to say hello to themselves, only to the 9 other people.

Our plan involved the sub-goal of finding out how many cupcakes were made total.

After that, we needed to know how many were eaten if only 5 remained after the party.

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