Problem solving

This lesson is designed to equip young people with an adaptable approach to solving problems, large or small. It includes a video and scenarios that encourage development of practical problem solving skills which can be useful for learning, day to day life, and when in employment.

Lesson learning outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify problems of different scales and what is needed to solve them
  • Illustrate the use of an adaptable approach to solving problems
  • Understand that problem solving is a core transferable skill and identify its usefulness in a work setting
  • Work on a problem solving activity in a team

Read on for some more information into this lesson’s activities and how they can support you in the classroom.

How do the activities in this lesson develop your students’ problem solving techniques?

This lesson focuses on improving understanding of the six stages of problem solving, as well as identifying different types of situations in which young people might already be using these skills. Furthermore, it encourages them to use an adaptive approach, explaining that different types of problems can be approached in different ways through activities and worksheets.

How can you use this lesson with your students to help them with a core transferable skill we know employers need?

It concentrates on explaining that problem solving is one of the core transferable skills at the heart of LifeSkills, because our research has shown that they are the skills employers are looking for. The lesson also highlights the variety of problems a person may face in school, life and work.

The lesson aims to reinforce students’ understanding of the potential future applications of this skill as they move into the world of work, particularly in an activity differentiated for an older or more able group on creating new opportunities.

Wondering what other LifeSkills content can support you in the classroom? Check out the links to some related resources below.

How LifeSkills can further support the development of problem solving skills:

Students should be encouraged to improve their skills further by using the six steps in their daily lives.

Other lessons that may prove useful for students to build on these activities include the 'Adaptability' and 'Innovation and idea generation' lessons. Alternatively, consider encouraging them to apply their skills through 'Steps to starting a business' or the 'Social action toolkit'.

Why not build problem solving in as a focus in your students’ wider curriculum? Refer to our Content guide to find out how this resources can be used as part of your teaching.

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