Problem solving and critical thinking refer to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and information to effectively sold problems. This does not mean you need to have an immediate answer; it means you have to be able to think on your feet, assess problems and find solutions. It is PROCESS, and this process has been present and active in our classroom. It is a amazing to watch the girls solve puzzles, construct the most amazing things out of blocks and turn ordinary objects out of whatever their imagination can dream up. They are creative and amazing problem solvers and critical thinkers, and we want them to see themselves as such! It is our goal to create a classroom environment in which the girls learn to take risks in their thinking and work beyond what they things hey are capable of.
As the girls work to build and solve puzzles together around the room they are...
-learning to communicate with each other to reach the same goal
-practicing decision making skills
-expressing their ideas
-examining and evaluating their decisions
-exploring cause and effect
The list could go on and on!!!
As they explore, they are celebrating their accomplishments.
"We did it!"
"Wow, it is bigger than us!"
"Our brains are growing, we did something new."
"We can't give up...we have to finish it."
"Can I get my save the place card. I am tired and need to try again later."
"I wonder if I can do it?"
"We are having good luck today with this puzzle."
"It's your turn to do the last piece."
They are problem-solving in their friendships and in their explorations around the room. They are learning to take turns, try new things, overcome their frustrations, and be persistent. Life-long skills that will continue to help them succeed!!
be intrigued by mistakes,
enjoy effort and keep on learning."