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How can you help your students understand problem solving?
In some cases, an individual’s own thinking can become a detriment to the overall success of the solution. The other obstacle that can derail the success of a solution is the inability to get a decision made.
Making decisions in today’s fast paced, results-oriented business arena, organizations can propel a business to success or create frustration and stall performance. Because problem solving is a mental process that involves discovery, analysis and a solution, there can be seen and unforeseen obstacles along the way.
Individuals tend to face problems with their own perceptions and beliefs. In some cases, an individual’s own thinking can become a detriment to the overall success of the solution. The other obstacle that can derail the success of a solution is the inability to get a decision made. There may be resistance to “pull the trigger” or barriers in an organizational structure. No matter what the issue there needs to be a method or process to problem solving. It should include the following: identify and define the problem, form a strategy, organize information, align resources, monitor progress and evaluate results. If a problem solving method is not in place then decision making can become a cycle of solving with little or no resolve.
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When students face obstacles are they encouraged to determine why and what they can do to overcome them? How are students encouraged to analyze a problem? Do they start with the problem or the events that took place prior to the problem? Are students aware of different perspectives when looking at a challenge? How might they be encouraged to see the consequences of different issues and solutions? How are you challenging their thinking and guiding their actions versus providing the answers?