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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 6

Learner Descriptor

I can explain the difference between simple and complex problems.

Teacher Explanation

Learners can identify complex problems (e.g. I can't decide on a secondary school) and explain how these differ from simple problems (e.g. what I need to pack for holiday). They can explain why different approaches might be needed.

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 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 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 6
    In this video, learners explain the difference between simple and complex problems by thinking of an example of a complex problem, pairing up and sharing their examples to peer-assess.
  • Short Activity (Video): Step 6
    In this video, learners explain the difference between simple and complex problems by exploring two different problems before suggesting causes and solutions for each.
  • 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 6
    In this activity, learners look at a range of problems and decide if they are complex or simple.