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Problem Solving

Problem Solving

The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
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Step 10

Learner Descriptor

I can evaluate different solutions for a complex problem to pick the best one.

Teacher Explanation

Learners can choose between the options that they've created and use some justifiable method to do so - such as scoring and weighting outcomes.

Resources

  • Display Material: Step 10 to Step 12
    Support teachers and learners to focus tightly on specific skill steps by displaying these Essential Skills Framework posters. For Steps 10-12.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 1 to Step 10
    Support learners to record when they have demonstrated Problem Solving steps 1-10, by printing this Essential Skills Passport.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 6 to Step 15
    Support learners to record when they have demonstrated Problem Solving steps 6-15, by printing this Essential Skills Passport.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 10 to Step 12
    Support learners to reflect on how they have applied Steps 10-12 in all eight essential skills by printing this double-sided Essential Skill Record.
  • Teacher Guide: Step 0 to Step 15
    A practical guide for teaching Problem Solving with activities for every step.
  • Short Activity (Video): Step 10
    In this video, learners evaluate different solutions for a complex problem to pick the best one by creating a criteria matrix for choosing which hobby or interest to pursue.
  • Short Activity (Video): Step 10
    In this video, learners evaluate different solutions for a complex problem to pick the best one by exploring a weighting method to choose between 2 options for a trip: a theme park or the cinema.
  • Display Material: Step 0 to Step 15
    Support learners with additional needs to focus tightly on specific skill steps of Problem Solving by displaying these Essential Skills Expanded Framework posters.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 6 to Step 11
    Support learners to record when they have demonstrated Problem Solving steps 6-11, by printing this Essential Skills Passport.
  • Short Activity (Presentation): Step 10 to Step 12
    In this activity, learners apply Problem Solving whilst becoming Business apprentices. They analyse why a clothing company is losing money and propose solutions to save the failing business.