Solution Fluency and Essential Questions
Solution Fluency and Essential Questions
Calls for higher order thinking
Points towards important, transferable ideas
Raises additional questions
Requires support and justification
Recurs over time
Why ask essential questions?
It is important to ask essential questions to allow the students opportunities to explore real world issues. The questions prompt the students to think where they determine a solution, revisit, and modify as time moves on. There is not one set answer, so each students would be unique.
How to develop essential questions
To develop an essential question is is important the educator knows their students. If one knows their students, their interests the educator would be able to develop a question to allow the students to explore and find a possible solution to.
What is the purpose of essential questions?
The purpose of essential questions is to challenge the students. The challenges would allow the students to think, problem, and come up with unique solutions. The challenge could also allow the students to test, rework and create solutions to a specific problem.
Encompasses the 6 Ds
Identify the problem
Plan where we are going with it before we start
Skills learned are
Restating the problem
Rephrasing the problem
chunking the details
Pulling them together
Breaking them down into smaller parts
Consider problem from multiple perspectives
Reversing the problem
Tells us where we are now
Question the problem
Look at the past and decisions related to how one got to the problem
Stand in the present and look at how the problem is affecting current day
Gain a solid grasp of what the problem is
Determining where the information is
Skimming, Scanning and sourcing the information for background
Taking smart notes
Analyzing, authenticating, and arranging the materials
Knowing when to revisit the define (or discover, dram, or design) stage to modify what has been done based on what has been discovered
Is a mind process, one that allows us to imagine the solution as it will exist in the future.
The visioning process
Imagine what is possible
Remain open to what is impossible
Skills Learned are:
Imagining best case scenarios
Visualizing time machine visits to a perfect future
Helps us decide where we want to go
Is the process gap analysis
Breaking out all the necessary steps to get us from here to there
Create a Plan
Logical Strategy that keeps us on track
Helps avoid wasted effort
Can be checked
Can be discussed
Can be re-evaluated
Having a clear idea
Starting with the end in mind
Building steps backwards
We build backwards from the future, identifying the milestones and creating achievable deadlines.
Putting the plan into action
Making the dream a reality
Create a real-world product or solution
Can be almost anything
Publish the solution
Needs to be presented
Deliver the goods
If they do not publish or implement the solution or product the students would never know if it will work
Seeing the product delivered allows for valuable information and feedback
Identifying the most appropriate format for presenting the information
Using the identified format to present the information or solution to the problem
Students are involved in the evaluation process
Offers the students the opportunity to look at the final product and the process to determine what was done well and what could have been done better.
Being able to re-visit each stage of the process
Reflect upon the pathways that were followed to get from define to deliver
Asking questions about the processes used and information defined
Reflecting critically on both the process and the product
Acting on those reflections
Internalizing the new learning
Transferring the learning to new and different circumstances
Is not a linear process
Is a cyclical process
At anytime in the process students can be led to retrace their steps
Am I teaching my students to solve real world problems?
The students are learning the basics
I teach grade one
I have not discovered a way to implement real world problems effectively as the students are learning to read, write, and use technology and technology related tools
Strategy to help implement real world problems
Use essential questions
Gear the questions to the students interests
Examine real world issues
Encompass the qualities of an essential questions as deinfed
Do my students know how to design essential questions
Unfortunately I have not posed essential questions to the grade one class I teach. I have not really thought about it because I have been focused on helping the students learn to read, write, and other basic skills such as math. This would be one area I need to improve on. This would be a goal for next year, as this school year is coming to an end.
Which 6D to I consider most important?
All of them are important as without one it would be hard to come up with a process to develop a solution or product.
The one I would consider most important would be the design process.
The students get to develop and test various solutions or products to see if the problem could be solved or minimized the effect of.
Further develop the students process of research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
Allows for more than one possibility
Which of the 6Ds are most difficult to implement
Each one of the 6Ds could be difficult to implement
I would say the discover phase would be the most difficult to implement
Students are learning to read and write
Students have not yet developed the research skills
Students may not know what information to record or what is valid
Would take more adult involvement to aide the students in their discover process
Time would run out as students may need a lot of assistance to help grasp the problem and find the information in their research
What are the benefits and challenges of solution fluency and essential questions?
Constructing knowledge with processes
Developing 21st century skills
Becoming career and college ready
Students are learning the basic skills (reading, writing, math, etc)
Students may not be able to independant
Limited access to technology
Is solution fluency and essential questions related?
Yes solution fluency and essential questions are related. They go hand in hand. Solution fluency offers a process which encompasses a problem or an essential question. When these two theories are used together, the students will be equipped to tackle the problems presented and offer a different solutions/products.