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To help students develop better problem-solving skills
To support students’ problem-solving skills, provide opportunities to:
Use reflective thinking and discussion:
- “What is the problem? What are we trying to accomplish?”
- “Have you ever done/experienced something like this before? Can you tell yourself what to do this time?”
- “What would Jesus do? How do my actions reflect my faith?”
- Possible solutions with the students and discuss/predict the ‘pros and cons’ of each before doing anything else. Offer suggestions.
- “Try that and tell me how it works out.”
- “What might have made it work out better for next time?”
Let students learn from their experience.
- Adapted from Constructing Meaning by Nancy N. Boyles
Problem solving is an everyday skill that impacts all parts of a student’s academic and personal success. Students with strong problem-solving skills are more able to approach problems positively. Ideally, students develop a foundation of social problem-solving skills that allow them to manage choice making and complex social interactions with skilled decision making through repeated practice (Daunic, et. al, 2012; Diamond & Lee, 2011).
Daunic, A. P., Smith, S. W., Garvan, C. W., Barber, B. R., Becker, M. K., Peters, C. D., … & Naranjo, A. H. (2012). Reducing developmental risk for emotional/behavioral problems: A randomized controlled trial examining the Tools for Getting Along curriculum. Journal of school psychology, 50(2), 149-166.
Diamond, A., & Lee, K. (2011). Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years old. Science, 333(6045), 959-964.
Self-reflection is important for our spiritual growth. By examining conflicts, we are better able to follow the teachings of Jesus, and work toward peaceful resolutions.
(4f) A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who applies effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time and resource management skills
Problem solving and innovating: to develop ways of thinking about and doing things that arise naturally with an active curiosity
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