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Old 01-07-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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i wanted to start a "problem of the day jar" where we draw one problem and then brainstorm several solutions and their consequences.

i am was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a list of basic problems that we could include. (we will add some more specific problems after we get the hang of problem solving).

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what you are wanting. Are you wanting situations that students could be in and then they would use problem solving to do the right thing?

If so, you could put things in the jar like, "Your classmate has made you angry. How do you handle this?" or "You see your friend shoplifting. What do you do?" or "Your best friend got an 'A' on his test that you helped him study for. What is your reaction and why?"

I'm not sure what grades you are working with, but I do like the idea of a jar with daily situations in it. I would do some positive and negative situations and some simple (how do you set a table) to more complex (handling anger).
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Yes - your ideas were good. I wanted to focus on specific classroom problems first the kids encounter

ex -
someone stole my pencil.
i lost my homework.
my friend called me a name.

then move to problems in home and the community

ex -
i broke my brother's toy
i forgot to pick up a toy and my mom tripped.
someone is bullying my friend on the bus.

Then finally move to having the kids write real problems on notecards and add them to the jar.

I have seen problem solving graphic organizers and i was going to use it for the discussion.

I work with kids grades 3-5 (emotional support special education) so their abilities level vary.

thanks for you help.
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You know, I thought on this today. I think the bet people to ask would be some of your students. Ask them what they perceive as a problem of difficulty in the classroom. You may get some good ideas there.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:13 PM
 
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what an awesome idea. I'm thinking of how to adapt this to my PPCD class.


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I love this idea! I think I am going to use it for my practical skills class!
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I love this idea!!! thanks:-)
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has anyone else seen "a problem solving web" or any other simple way to work out problems?
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Problem Solving Graphic Organizers
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Where did you find these graphic organizers? They sound great!

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i can't find the graphic organizer. i think that it was from TIME for KIDS graphic organizer book. But I can't find it.

but i have been trying out the problem solving lessons using a web pocket chart...
http://www.callowayhouse.com/proddet...kip=0&begcnt=1

when i get a chance i walk around and ask kids to give me different problems. (thanks for the suggestions). I write them on index cards. we randomly pick one - put in in the center of the web then come up with ideas of how you could handle the problem. appropriate and inappropriate.

then we flip over the ideas that will get us into trouble or have negative consequences.
then i ask each child what they would do from the appropriate responses.

it is working out OK so far - a few more things to think through.
(ex - if you lie and possibly get away with something vs. telling the truth and definately getting consequenced.)

thanks for everyones help.


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I use a couple different sources
Old 02-07-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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but most of my stuff comes from the gen ed or "Specials" teachers, even the lunch ladies as they complain about different stuff "my kids" do or don't do, as the case may be.

I also have several books I pull from--a book called "Social Skills Activities for Special Children" by Darlene Mannix--it has case scenerios and reproducible worksheets but some are just too "out there" for our particular situation so I have to modify heavily or skip those.

Another is a book of Behavior charts for all occasions--about any behavior you can think of has a premade conduct chart that I either use or use as an example to set up my own.

My school counselor also provided a book on small group counseling that has a lot of good ideas in it.

I don't have the titles on the seond or third book in front of me but could locate them if you are interested.
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i would like to look up those books if you think of the names. thanks a lot.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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What a great Idea! I just say go for it. I teach 8th and 9th graders, but I think this will work for this age group.

As someone said have your students give ideas.

I'll let you know how it works.
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Like I mentioned the first time, the first is a book called "Social Skills Activities for Special Children" by Darlene Mannix--it is the easiest follow and/or modify as needed.

The book of behavior charts for all occasions called "It's Up to Me" by Janie Haugen--about any behavior you can think of has a premade conduct chart that I either use or use as an example to set up my own. It is not really lession plans per se but it has blackline masters for just about any topic you can think of. I just rephrase the "goal" as a question and open the topic up.

My school counselor also provided a book on small group counseling called exactly that--"Small group counseling for Children" by Diane S. Senn, Ed. S. This one has everything from social situations to rule following and test stress tips.

All three have blackline masters inside for use with the groups as well.

I often mix and match and modify to fit the needs to my students at any given time. We don't really do a lesson or even a mini-lesson every day but I usually try to get one in early in the week and do a quick review off and on all week as we catch a minute of two (lining up, restroom breaks, waiting on latecomers, etc.)
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