To become a successful physics teacher I have developed specific strategies for teaching student how to develop a solution to a problem: some of them are presented on this page.
Some of the lateral problems from my Problem Solving Course.
Appendix I February 25, 2020
The other day I heard about so-called #JLochallenge. That inspired me to two tweets.
1. I wonder why there is no single celebrity in whole #America who will promote thinking/brain-development?
2. I'd like to join the bikini challenge, but that would be a disaster.
Instead I offer a #brainoohhh challenge. Anyone can pick one puzzle, solve it, and offer a new one. The last one had four pictures with different puzzles. The answers are after the pictures.
1. The first move is Knight goes d6 to h2.
2. The answer to the first problem is 1 and 2.
The answer to the second problem is 4.
3. The answer is 25 cm.
4. The answer is about 6.9 MJ
I can help to learn how to solve problems like that.
The problems were taken from some standard Russian books.
Th solutions are very simple. Theoretically every middle-school graduates has to be able to solve theses problems (even the chess one). However, I suspect that is not a case, because ... well, I have been writing on this matter for years. Just read one or two posts, for example:
No sign for improving math education soon.
Education Reform Needs a New Paradigm
Intelligence is an ability to design a solution to a problem one has never solved before, and express that using a language (including symbolic). BTW: this is what AI professionals do not want to admit. The most general approach for designing a solution is scientific thinking. One of the crucial features of it is learning from mistakes.
Teaching how to learn from mistakes separates common mass education from the actual/"elite" one.
Recently I saw a publication about a "three-problem intelligence test" invented by an MIT professor. Those problems are from my list, too, and they have nothing to do with intelligence, and everything to do with having a good teacher.