Posted by: eheino | July 28, 2013

7 Step Problem Solving in a Primary School

As part of our readings this week, we were asked to watch this video guiding us through an effective 7 step problem solving process:

We were then asked to solve the following problem using the 7 steps:

Problem: Relief from face to face teaching for classroom teachers is covered by the teacher librarian. This means that it is difficult to plan any collaborative teaching opportunities with the teachers. You are also concerned that the students learning in the library may not be contextually relevant to their learning in the classroom. How could you approach this problem?

1. Define the Problem: Learning in the library may not be contextually relevant to classroom learning.

2. Data Collection: What time is currently available for planning? What are students currently learning in the library? What are students currently learning in class? How do other schools tackle this problem? What avenues are currently available for classroom teachers and the TL to communicate? Are these avenues efficient?

3. Cause Analysis: RFF timetabling means Classroom teachers and the Teacher Librarian don’t have time to plan or implement collaborative teaching opportunities.

4. Solution Planning and Implementation: 

Short Term Solutions: Open up further avenues for communication, eg. file sharing, email correspondence, intranet,    Scheduled Stage meetings with the TL

Long Term Solutions: Use another staff member for some RFF – eg. Music, Dance, Art, Sport

5. Evaluation: Were these solutions effective? Are classroom teachers and TLs communicating more effectively? Are TLs and Classroom teachers collaborating? Is it cost effective to have another staff member doing RFF?

6. Standardisation: Can these solutions be implemented elsewhere in the school? Are any other staff members having problems collaborating?

7. Evaluation of the Process: Was the problem solved? How did we do it? What did we learn? This should be discussed between the principal, the teacher librarian and relevant staff members.

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