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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 2

Learner Descriptor

Learners complete tasks by explaining problems to someone for advice if they need

Teacher Explanation

Learners complete tasks by explaining problems to someone for advice if they need

Resources

  • Display Material: Step 0 to Mixed
    Support teachers and learners to use consistent language when referring to skills by displaying these colourful Essential Skills icon posters.
  • Reward System: Step 0 to Mixed
    Support learners to recognise when they are applying skills successfully by rewarding them with these colourful Essential Skills tokens.
  • Reward System: Step 0 to Mixed
    Support learners to recognise when they are applying skills successfully by rewarding them with these colourful Essential Skills certificates.
  • 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 1 to Step 3
    Support learners to reflect on how they have applied Steps 1-3 in all eight essential skills by printing this double-sided Essential Skill Record.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 0 to Mixed
    Support teachers and learners to use consistent language when referring to skills by printing this colourful Essential Skills Mat.
  • Short Activity (Video): Step 2
    In this video, learners explain a simple problem that they might have and get someone to help them with it by travelling from a given start line to the finish line without touching the ground.
  • Self Assessment Resource: Step 0 to Step 5
    Support learners to record when they have demonstrated Problem Solving steps 0-5, by printing this Essential Skills Passport.
  • Short Activity (Presentation): Step 2
    In this activity, learners identify a problem, explain what it is and think about who they would get to help them with it.
  • Skill Assembly: Step 0 to Step 6
    This assembly supports learners to understand key concepts related to the early steps of Problem Solving. It starts by defining the skill and considering key themes, before identifying the skill in action. The themes are explored through three simple exercises, followed by a chance to reflect on their own skills.