Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Solving Problems

Since the beginning of the school year, the kindergartners in my class have been working very hard.  They are learning how to be kindergartners.  Now this may sound like it is easy, but it has been hard work!  We have had to learn so many things…school rules, lunch numbers, how to walk in lines, playground rules, teachers' names, names of all our new friends and so many more things that we can't even list all of them!

As we learn to coexist in our classroom community, we find that sometimes there are problems that we need to solve…especially with each other.  We have been learning lots of new strategies for solving problems with friends.  Today we had a long lesson and discussion on problem solving and we learned something really helpful.

Did you know that there are four key steps for solving problems??  We didn't either until today!  Check this out…

There are four key steps to solving a problem.  And here's what they are...

1.  I stop and calm down.

2.  I talk and listen.

3.  I think of ways to solve the problem.

4.  I agree on a plan and try it!

We practiced this lots today and will continue to do so in the future.  We even talked about how this might help us solve problems at home, too.  So if you ever need any help solving a problem, ask a kindergartner from Mrs. Kurt's class.  I bet they will be able to help you out!

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