IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS 4.3
Goal: To improve decision-making and problem-solving skills
Objective(s): The student will be able to identify potential solutions to a given problem.
1. Identify the problem.
2. Think of possible ways to solve the problem.
3. Think of advantages and disadvantages for each solution.
Definition: Solutions are steps or answers to solving problems.
Rationale: Unresolved problems exacerbate stress, confusion, and poor interpersonal relations. Identifying and implementing solutions gives you personal power in your life.
• Define/discuss "alternative", "option", "solution."
• One of the most effective ways of generating ideas is brainstorming; it expands creative thinking to identify new ideas. Ground rules should include:
a. One person records ideas.
b. Write every idea down.
c. Time limit is set.
d. No evaluation of responses until brainstorming is completed.
e. Keep it spontaneous.
• Discuss how we always have choices.
• List major problems potentially confronting an age group. Discuss options as well as the type of person they could go to for help.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Students are given a list of problem situations in small groups (forgot your locker combination, best friend won't speak to you, lost someone's new tape, grounded for two weeks, etc.). Brainstorm solutions. See if other groups agree with your top 2 picks. Generate a discussion.
• Student, either in writing or orally, evaluates stories, pictures, videos, by teacher to determine:
1. What is the problem?
2. Who is involved?
3. How could they solve it?
Role play situations:
• You want to go outside and play, but it's raining.
• You want to play with a friend, but your friend wants to read a book alone.
• You bought a model airplane to put together, but it's harder than you thought.
• You sit next to someone in math who is always trying to copy off of you.
• You want to watch a TV show, but the TV is broken.
• You have free play. You choose a puzzle that's too hard.
• You don't have a pencil to do your assignment.
• You are babysitting and the baby becomes ill.
Application with Feedback
• Set up peer counseling pairs, where one student can assist another in identifying possible solutions to personal/social/academic proble