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Problem-solving is without a doubt an important 21st century skill. The best problem-solvers will tell you that different problems require different approaches and the only way to become a skilled problem-solver is to practice, practice, practice! This section provides suggestions for using the Problem Solving Cards, a LEARN Original Print Publication, in your classroom. Using the cards will help your students think creatively, try out various approaches and work through different scenarios. Each activity has instructions, links to the QEP (Broad Areas of Learning and Cross Curricular Competencies), and teacher tools. The links to the QEP are broken down to show how a student is developing in a competency and how a teacher can support this learning through outlining the teacher’s role.

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Instructions for using the Problem Solving Cards

  • In small groups, take a moment to read the problem situation on the back of a card.
  • One team member must think of a way of solving the problem. Other team members become additional characters as needed.
  • Act out the problem solving.
  • A second team member must now think of an opposite way to solve the problem. Other team members become additional characters as needed.
  • Act out the problem solving from this new point of view.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences, pros and cons of how your characters solved their problems.

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Work out the problems by taking on the role of:

  • Yourself
  • Student your age
  • Bully
  • Friend
  • Parent
  • Sister
  • Brother
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Cousin
  • Neighbour
  • Older person
  • Teacher
  • Hero/heroine
  • Stranger
  • Video-game character
  • TV character