Primary Programs: (Non-Competitive)
A non-competitive problem-solving program designed for but not limited to implementation in the regular classroom divided into two stages: Foundational Skills (Prep -2) and Developing Skills (Grades 3-4). These can be implemented as a whole class activity or can be conducted in smaller groups.
Having developed skills in applying the 6 step process to a range of genre, students will be competition ready in years 5/6 for Community Problem Solving (CmPS) or Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS). You may also wish to embark on these learning options in a non-competitive way if you prefer.
The gradual introduction and practice of each step of the 6 step problem solving process enables students to build a solid foundation of skills applying the future problem solving process to a range of genre across the curriculum. Through a range of creative and critical thinking strategies they develop adaptability in the application of the six step process. Responsible and ethical attitudes are developed through our topic suggestions leading to more involvement in community issues. The Primary Programs support and extend oral and written literacy, collaborative group work and class discussion.
Grades Prep - 2 Foundation Skills
Focuses on developing step 1-3 of the FPS process through Fairy Tales, literature, science topics, current affairs, issues in the local or school community, ethics education and many other options.
Step 1 - Brainstorm Challenges
Step 2 - Select an Underlying problem
Step 3 - Brainstorm solutions to address Underlying Problem
Twice per year your class/group will send in a short submission “Our best ideas” for evaluation. These can be handwritten or drawn by the students or an adult on suggested A-3 format. Submissions can respond to a stimulus picture provided from the designated topics for the year or any subject area / genre you wish.
Grades 3/4 Developing Skills
Revisit Step 1-3 + Develop use of
Step 4 – Writing criteria to help select the best solution.
Step 5 – Scoring the solutions
Step 6 – Using the highest scoring solution to develop an Action plan
You will do this through applying the process to real world problems in your classroom/school/local community (this leads into Community Problem Solving OR Applying the 6 step process to the designated topics for the year. (This leads into Global Issues Problem Solving in Grades 5-6) OR Try both (Topics – Semester 1, Community – Semester 2)
Twice per year your class/group can return a submission for evaluation. While the completion of at least steps 1-3 is encouraged with 4,5 and 6 as you are able. This submission can use the topic Future Scenes for the year or a real world problem for you in your class/school/local community.