Checklist for Problem Solving

(found in Comprehensive
Character-Building Classroom: A Handbook for
Teachers)

____Teacher poses thinking questions.

____Students are given time to think after questions are posed.

**Students**:

____predict

____test their hypotheses

____evaluate their predictions

____experiment

____Teacher encourages students to solve their own problems

____At group time students are involved in decision making.

____The teacher encourages students to resolve their own crises.

____When students have problems, they try to solve them before asking for help.

____Students seem to take pleasure in solving problems.

**Teacher:**

____The teacher encourages students to assume responsibility for their own
actions.

____The teacher brings up problems for students to discuss at large group time.

____Teacher uses problem solving vocabulary such as "problem", "solutions",
"alternative solutions", "what would happen?", "ideas".

____Teacher focuses on the process of decision making rather than on quick
easy adult solutions. Emphasis is on logical thinking.

____Teacher focuses on student thinking by asking probing questions such as
"tell me more".

____Teacher encourages more than one solution (at least three).

____Teacher encourages students to reflect on their own thinking and verbalize
it, by asking "Tell me how you solved that", etc.

____Teacher is a mentor, stimulating student initiative.

____The teacher employs guided problem solving strategies when a crises arises.

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