Remind students about steps of the problem-solving process as they develop algorithms to solve programming problems.

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  • The problem solving process involves
    • Understanding the problem - what is this program supposed to do? what does/do the solution(s) look like?
    • Making a plan - this is where students actually design an algorithm
    • Implementing that plan
    • And reflecting on the strengths and flaws of the plan - what parts does the plan handle correctly? what parts of the plan still need work?
  • It’s important that students understand that these steps are as those of a single process and that they are all necessary to honing their programming skills.
  • Teachers can also use Polya’s "How to Solve It" book to learn more about problem solving strategies.
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