Seekers are solution finders. (Grades 6 to Y9)
Small teams collaborate on finding solutions to a problem or a scenario. The team is taken through the key phases (6 D's) of "solution fluency".
Solution fluency is based on the 6 D’s (Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver and Debrief) from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation. (See below for more details). Seekers are deep thinking learners.
As a team, apply your thinking skills to the challenge in the video >>
Solution Fluency Flow Path
Before we can solve a problem, we need to clearly define what the problem is. Exactly what needs to be solved, and give proper context to the problem.
- Brainstorming and re wording the problem reveals things about the problem that aren’t obvious Rephrasing can lead to unique perspectives from others.
- Challenging assumptions. Consider an issue in different ways. Test the evidence or popular claims.
- Researching and gathering detailed information. You often discover surprising things about a problem you didn't know before. This gives us time to think about why ﬁnding a solution to the problem is important.
- Clarity. Form a clear and focused understanding of the 'problem' or scenario being presented.
Research and information gathering. Delve deeper into the related issues and factors.
- Composing targeted and well 'framed' questions (What, When, Who, Where, How, Why).
- Filtering skills. You become focused on deciding information that is valuable as opposed to content that is not so useful. What is factual? What is opinion?
- Recording. Organize your research with structured note taking and knowledge
- Authenticate and analyse. Determine if the information is "real" and useful. Any untested views?
DREAM: BIG Ideas
Envision, imagine, "think outside the box". Don't limit the possibilities. What could be the possible or even the perfect solution?
- Try fearless brainstorming. Every wild idea has value.
- If your wishes for the problem or scenario could come true what would they be?
- Begin to construct a believable list of solutions from the all the ideas
- As a team, prioritize and chose the idea that excites everyone.
It's time to begin "building" the solution. Collaboration now becomes very important.
- Break the BIG idea into manageable parts.
- Form an Action Plan. Start at the end and work backwards, step by step.
- Who in the team will focus on each part?
- Determine a timeline to completion.
- Establish regular meeting times to measure progress and reset if necessary.
- Are there any collaborative Apps/Software that can assist?
DELIVER: TAKE ACTION
It's action time! Your solution has been planned. The deadline has arrived. It's SHOW time. How will your team:
- Demonstrate your solution. Others need to become excited by your solution.
- How will other peoples (audience) thinking be shaped or influenced. Your aim is to inspire others to join your solution project.
- Decide on the best presentation approach and technologies your team can use.
- Plan the presentation.
- Rehearsal. Practice makes perfect.
- Audience or participant feedback. Invite your class to ask questions and become involved.
- Can your team create a followup survey?
Take a look back. Reflect and be honest. Take stock of the effectiveness of the solution.
- Determine what could have been done better and ways that could improve the problem-solving approach in the future.
- Develop constructive and respectful critique suggestion skills.
- How did each team member perform and contribute?
- Did the problem and the solution become an opportunity for greater learning?