Problem Solving course
As we firmly believe problems-solving skills are very much related with student’s later success, we decided to create a three-module curriculum that is able to enhance this capability in adolescents.
Target students: age 13-14
By developing problem solving skills your students will be empowered to:
- Sort out conflict
- Be independent
- Achieve challenging goals
- Make decisions on their own
- Assists them in understanding the lessons being taught:
- Helps them in making friends and resolve conflict situations
- They need soft skills to help them express themselves during examination
Prior to this activity, the leader builds a structure out of some blocks and makes a pile of the exact same blocks for the group to use. Show the group the pile and structure and then ask group members to each select one or more of the blocks for themselves until there are no remaining blocks.
Now the group must try to build the structure exactly like the original. Each person may only touch his/her own block/s and none of the other blocks. If at anytime someone touches a block that does not belong to him/her the group must start over.
Objective: To build a structure as a group without touching anyone else’s building materials.
Group size: 2 or more
Materials: Building blocks (or other building materials)
Main activity: escape room
We want the student to submerge into a scenario built around “Sherlock Holmes” theme. Students are going to be locked in a room and going to be given a set of puzzles and cues that need to be solved in order to escape the room within one session.
Objective: to build trust and team cohesion by asking every student to work together on a cognitive challenging task. We want to reinforce emotional intelligence increasing student communication abilities and team building skills while working on problem solving abilities.
Group size: 5 to 7 people
Materials: locks, l invisible ink markers, blacklight, paper and stationery
- Students are going to the classroom and be given a few minutes to look around the room
- The countdown timer is activated on the board with a 60-minute countdown.
- The class is then challenged to find one of the mission tokens hidden around the room.
- Each time students feel a 'mission' is completed, they should alert the teacher.
- The teacher asks all students to pay attention as the mission is read out and the answer provided. If the answer is correct, the teacher ticks off this mission as being 'complete' and the next piece of the timeline (starting with the earliest) is read out and given to the class on a slip of paper.
- Once the class has the final piece of the timeline, a final clue is provided which enables them to solve the final mission and "escape".
This is an interactive drama game that gets people to take risks and change a situation. Start with two people who stand up and are in front of the group on the “stage.” The rest of the group is watching and in the “audience.”
Objective: To learn about the importance of being able to adapt to a new situation, to be flexible and change if needed, and to be able to interact with others.
To look at how different people like to be the center of attention while some shy away from it. To explore the art of drama as a interest to be pursued to increase self-esteem.
Group size: 5 or more
MAIN ACTIVITY: JUGAAD IN NATURE
This second activity is inspired by the Hindi method of frugal innovation, which is based on Jugaad. It consists on finding improvised low-resource fixes and clever solutions in times of adversity in an efficient way.
The activity will take place in the nearest forest. Once in the forest each group would be given a fruit basket and nothing else. They will be expected to complete the assigned tasks using resources find in the forest. Then group will then be instructed to complete the following tasks
- Maintain fruit fresh (i.e., create a natural fridge to store fruit fresh while developing the rest of the tasks)
- Cut and plate the fruit nicely (creativity is taken into consideration)
- Develop a sustainable alternative for discarding the leftovers
Objective: to find creative and innovative ways to solve a problem using limited resources.
With this activity we want to offer students a practical activity to help awaken one of their most valuable resources, human ingenuity. Moreover, our aim is to give students skills that allow them to adapt and develop solutions to everyday problems.
Group size: from 5 to 7 per group
Material: assorted fruit basket
Leaning tower of Feet
Instruct the group that they must build the tallest tower that they possibly can, using only their shoes.
There are one other variations for this activity form which the administrator is free to choose. The first one is called ‘Feet in shoe’ which consist of using only feet (shoes included). The idea is that each group works together to form an unbroken chain of touching feet from the floor to the highest possible. It is more likely that it won’t be long before someone suggest lifting people off the floor to achieve the desired goal. When this occurs, instruct the group to physically support these elevated people.
Objective: To work as a part of a team and to problem solve as a team. To continue an activity even it frustration occurs.
Group size: teams of about 8 to 15 people.
Material: participants shoes
MAIN ACTIVITY: Scavenger Hunt
The students are going to create a Scavenger Hunt in the school outdoors. Taking the reference of the first module main activity, each group is going to create the clues and the different steps another group should follow.
NATURE + ESCAPE ROOM
Objective: To give children the opportunity to know different places of their country while developing curiosity and a sense of belonging to the place where they live.
Group size: teams of about 4 to 8 people
Material: paper and stationery
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