Practicing Creative Problem Solving
Problem definition lays the groundwork for finding solutions. Children derive solutions through a variety of strategies taken from the research of pioneers in the field of creative problem-solving. Much of our problem-solving instruction comes from within students’ own lives. We show them how to identify personal problems and opportunities and we illustrate how they can be on the lookout for problems and challenges in the context of their own lives.
Using this approach, students learn to take charge of their own lives. If they can identify needs, problems, and opportunities, they will find ways to grow, mature, and lead a satisfying life. In time, they will learn to apply creative problem-solving skills to the profession they choose and make meaningful contributions to their fields.