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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 5

Learner Descriptor

I can use pros and cons to pick the best way of solving a simple problem.

Teacher Explanation

Learners can articulate a problem and  evaluate different potential solutions to choose the option they think will be most effective (with adult support).

Resources

  • Display Material: Step 4 to Step 6
    Support teachers and learners to focus tightly on specific skill steps by displaying these Essential Skills Framework posters. For Steps 4-6.
  • 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 4 to Step 6
    Support learners to reflect on how they have applied Steps 4-6 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 5
    In this video, learners use pros and cons to pick the best way of solving a simple problem by exploring the problem of lateness due to heavy traffic and its suggested solution, cycling.
  • 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 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 5
    In this activity, learners look at potential solutions to a cinema-related problem and discuss the pros and cons of these.
  • 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.
  • Display Material: Step 4 to Step 6
    Support educators and learners to focus tightly on specific skill steps by displaying these Skill Builder Universal Framework posters for essential skills at Steps 4-6.