Problem solving is an instructional method or technique whereby the teachers and pupils attempt in a conscious, planned and purposeful effort to tackle problems of a significant educational difficulty to arrive at some explanation or solution. Students are presented with problems which require them to find either a scientific or technological solution. It is a student-centered strategy which require students to become active participants in the learning process.
Teaching the children
Some basic steps are followed at home or at school while imparting problem-solving skills to children. Broadly speaking, these include:
- Identification of the problem
- Listing out and weighing the possible solutions
- Choosing a solution and implementing it
- Evaluating the results of the solution
How do problem-solving skills help the youngsters?
Children face a variety of problems every day, ranging from academic difficulties to problems on the sports field. But when they get a clear idea or formula for solving problems, they will feel more confident in their ability to try. The benefits are multifarious; the important ones include:
- Enhances critical thinking: Critical thinking refers to breaking down a complex problem and analysing it to find a solution. Development of this aspect helps the child deal with any issue logically and not get overwhelmed when faced with challenging circumstances.
Parents and teachers can develop critical thinking in children by asking them questions that help them to come up with solutions by thinking out-of-the-box. It is also important to nurture them to ask their own set of questions.
- Source of creativity: Creative thinking enables children to come up with new ideas to tackle any problem. It is best nurtured through activities that involve reflection. It is promoted by considering the viewpoints of children regarding pertinent topics and inculcating the habit of brainstorming in them. Reading and interacting also help in developing the creative side of young minds.
- Builds confidence: Children gain self-confidence when they can successfully tackle numerical word problems or riddles that push them to think on different levels. Parents and teachers must inculcate the ability in the youngsters to approach problems from different angles and find the solution to these problems in different ways. Typically, effective problem-solving skills result in ‘happier, more confident, and more independent children.’
- Improves academic performance: Development of problem-solving skills teaches discernment – essentially helping children gauge how a problematic issue can be solved. It also boosts intrinsic values like grit, determination and passion for excellence. It holds special importance in the study of mathematics, sciences, languages, and children’s overall academic performance.
We care for each of our students
As one of the top schools in the city, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) boasts of a curriculum that lays a lot of importance to developing problem-solving skills in all the students. The institution has already made a name for itself for its progressive approach and commitment to excellence. The strong management and experienced faculty is responsible for imparting a liberal and holistic education that helps students to become self-motivated and build on their individual strengths to emerge as responsible global citizens.
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