**SLIP Problems**

**Were You Wondering?**

**Why are the problems so challenging?**

We want these gifted young people to learn to be excellent
problem solvers. In order to do this
they need to experience problems which do not immediately suggest to them the “correct”
answer and how to get it. Thus, they
feel the need to devise a STRATEGY for solving the problem and carrying out
their plan.

**What are “PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES”?**

Some age-appropriate strategies

Make an organized
list

Find a pattern

Draw a picture

Trial and error
(guess and check)

Solve a simpler
(and similar) problem

Experiment or act
it out or use objects

**What if the student doesn’t get the right answer?**

Few students will get the right answer to all the
problems. They will all get the right
answer by the time we have discussed the problem together in class. They are learning together-we are more in
interested in how they did the problem than we are in just getting the right
answer.

**May parents help with SLIP problems?**

Of course, if you want to!
Allow the student to try it “their way” and if they need encouragement
or hints, fell free to give them. Don’t
work the problem for them unless you think that is the best thing to do right
then!

**Don’t you have to know algebra to do some of these
problems?**

No. None of these
problems require knowledge of algebra.
Often, our problem-solving strategies will provide a simple way to solve
the problem, even if those who know algebra recognize the problems as ones you
can write equations to solve.