Education Drivers

Personal Problem Solving

Much has been written about the importance of teaching students to be good problem solvers. A substantial body of research supports this belief, and links critical thinking and effective problem solving skills to higher student achievement and improved student conduct. Less has been written about the importance of problem solving skills for teachers. It is often assumed that teachers come to the job already prepared in the use of personal competencies (soft skills) such as problem solving. The need for teachers to be effective problem solvers is hard to deny. Teaching is a challenging profession that requires teachers to make an average of 1,200 critical decisions each day. Problem solving involves defining the problem, determining the cause of the problem, reading and interpreting data, analyzing and selecting the best evidence-based solution for the problem, developing an implementation strategy, and monitoring the effect of the intervention. To provide teachers with the skills required to be successful in the classroom, teacher preparation and ongoing in-service training for teachers must put problem solving at the core of training.

Much has been written about the importance of teaching students to be good problem solvers. A substantial body of research supports this belief, and links critical thinking and effective problem solving skills to higher student achievement and improved student conduct. Less has been written about the importance of problem solving skills for teachers. It is often assumed that teachers come to the job already prepared in the use of personal competencies (soft skills) such as problem solving. The need for teachers to be effective problem solvers is hard to deny. Teaching is a challenging profession that requires teachers to make an average of 1,200 critical decisions each day. Problem solving involves defining the problem, determining the cause of the problem, reading and interpreting data, analyzing and selecting the best evidence-based solution for the problem, developing an implementation strategy, and monitoring the effect of the intervention. To provide teachers with the skills required to be successful in the classroom, teacher preparation and ongoing in-service training for teachers must put problem solving at the core of training.

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Enhancing Adherence to a Problem Solving Model for Middle-School Pre-Referral Teams: A Performance Feedback and Checklist Approach

This study looks at the use of performance feedback and checklists to improve middle-school teams problem solving.

Bartels, S. M., & Mortenson, B. P. (2006). Enhancing adherence to a problem-solving model for middle-school pre-referral teams: A performance feedback and checklist approach. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 22(1), 109-123.

Developing Curriculum-Based Measurement Systems for Data-Based Special Education Problem Solving

This paper provides procedures for developing curriculum-based measurement systems in special education problem solving.

Deno, S. L., & Fuchs, L. S. (1987). Developing Curriculum-Based Measurement Systems for Data-Based Special Education Problem Solving. Focus on Exceptional Children, 19(8), 1-16.

Creating A Problem-Solving Culture: Exploring Problem Resolution In The Workplace

This paper examines and solutions associated with effective problem solving.

Marone, M. and Blauth, C. (2004). Creating A Problem-Solving Culture: Exploring Problem Resolution In The Workplace. Achieveglogal, Inc.

The Problem-Solving Power Of Teachers

This article examines practical strategies to address problems teacher are confronted with in the classroom.

Sacks, A. (2013). The problem-solving power of teachers. Educational Leadership, 71(2), 18-22.

Interpersonal problem solving as a mediator of behavioral adjustment in preschool and kindergarten children.

This is an experimental test of the mediating function of interpersonal cognitive problem solving skills on behavioral adjustment in preschool and kindergarten children.

Shure, M. B., & Spivack, G. (1981). Interpersonal problem solving as a mediator of behavioral adjustment in preschool and kindergarten children. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 1(1), 29-44.

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Center for Teaching

Resources provided by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching provides resources to assist teachers become better problem solvers.

Center for Teaching Excellence

Resources provided by the University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence provides resources to assist teachers become better problem solvers.

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