Developing the Life Principle: PROBLEM-SOLVING
1) Life Principle: Problem-solving - creating solutions; finding answers(printable definition poster)
Quote: “A problem well stated is a problem half solved."―John Dewey ( printable poster)
Spanish: la resolución de problemas
#2) Key ideas:
- I can choose to show problem-solving in my attitudes and actions.
- I can work with others, sharing my talents and considering their ideas.
- I will strive to demonstrate problem-solving by asking thoughtful questions and finding workable answers.
#3) Lexicon: PROBLEM-SOLVING
Elementary | MS/HS - Lexicons
- Break the word into pieces
- Sound out the word
- Find the root word
- Select synonyms that support
Sign Language for ‘Problem-solving':
Hand sign for ‘Problem’ - brief video of hand sign
Hand sign for ‘Solve’ - brief video of hand sign
#4) Describing the process:
- What would friendship look like, sound like, feel like?
- Use Problem-solving mind map to describe “problem-solving”, using complete sentences to add supporting details.
#5) Introduce the Question Focus: State topic for questions. QFT – Question Formulation Technique
“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Problem-solving.
#6) Produce the Questions: Materials needed: white paper and markers Allow about 10 minutes
- Ask as many questions as you can.
- Change any statements into questions.
- Write down every question as it is stated.
- Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.
#7) Improve questions:
1. Identify open and closed ended questions
2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed question to open-ended.
Allow 4-8 minutes.
#8) Prioritize questions:
State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.
Allow 10-20 minutes
Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.
Allow about 10 minutes.
#9) Discuss Next Steps: “What are we going to do with these questions?” (Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.) Sample: What behaviors support problem-solving? How can this be applied to conflict resolution problems?
#10) Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection: Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.
Discuss and report in small or whole group. Sample: “What does problem-solving look like for us?” © 2018 Great Expectations