Business and the media are constantly screaming that problem solving skills and creative thinking are the keys to innovation and success (and the beat the robots trying to take your job), yet many teachers feel that the skills and opportunities to develop them are often an add-on, an after thought, or taught in isolation during special activities, like a STEM week. Even these activities have a particular expected method which the pupils must ‘discover’, rather than completely new and unique solutions. How can we develop the skills to help our pupils think of the unexpected?
In this week’s #UKEdChat discussion we will discuss problem solving: the current situation in schools today; what may be coming in the near future; what are the implications for educators.
- Are ‘out of the box’ problem solving skills truly valued in schools?
- Are problem solving skills actively taught to pupils at your school? How?
- What role does pupil problem solving play in your teaching?
- Beyond posing the challenge to pupils, what is the role of an educator during a practical problem solving activity?
- How can we bring real world problems into the classroom for pupils to solve?
- Do teachers need to be proficient solvers, and if so, how do you learn the skills?
- How are schools identifying problems and how are they solved as a whole school?
- What are your favourite problem solving activities to use in class?