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

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. 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