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.

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As a team, apply your thinking skills to the challenge in the video >>







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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?



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?



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?