What is the best way to solve a problem?
Problems are a part of life. Knowing how to solve them is a valuable skill. When facing a problem, take a step back and think about possible solutions. By coming up with creative solutions, you can tackle any problem!
Problem-Solving: A Key to Success
Problem: A situation or challenge that needs to be addressed or solved. Solution: A way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation. Strategy: A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.
The first known problem solving method, called 'Algorism', was developed by an Arab mathematician in the 9th century. The most common problem solving techniques used today are root cause analysis, trial and error, and brainstorming. The 'six thinking hats' technique was developed by Edward de Bono to help people look at problems from different perspectives.
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What challenges do you think people face when trying to solve a problem?
What strategies could you use to solve a problem?
How have you used problem solving skills in the past?
What have you learned about problem solving from this activity?
Brain break: Draw your favorite food!
Question: You are a mayor of a small town called Sunnyside. The town has been having a drought and the people are running out of water. What would you do to solve the water shortage? Clues: • Think about what resources are available in the town. • Can you create any solutions that are cost-effective and efficient? • Consider how you can conserve water in Sunnyside. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Brainstorm possible solutions as a pair using drawings. B. Present your solutions to the class and explain why it would work in Sunnyside.
What do you do when you can't find your toy?
- Cry and give up
- Ask someone else to find it
- Buy a new one
- Look for it in different places
What should you do if you are feeling hungry?
- Ignore the hunger and keep playing
- Complain about being hungry
- Eat a healthy snack or meal
- Drink water
What can you do if you are stuck on a difficult puzzle?
- Ask for help from someone older
- Take a break and come back later
- Throw the puzzle away and forget about it
Work together in pairs: What is one way to avoid a problem before it happens?