|Resources for Resolving Conflicts and Promoting Social Problem Solving||
ACTIVITY ID: 17041
You should be prepared to help staff plan to teach problem solving. This resource sheet can help you. It provides tips for teaching problem solving and a list of Internet resources.
Teaching Problem Solving: Tips for Program Staff
1. Teach problem solving throughout the program day.
2. Create opportunities for problem-solving situations. One of the best ways to teach problem solving is to give children opportunities to practice throughout the day. Teachers can create “problems” when teachers know they will have time to support the child. For example:
3. Recognize opportunities to practice problem solving when they arise. Minor problems and conflicts between children are going to occur. Teach problem-solving skills when children are calm and attentive to prepare them for when natural problems arise. When there are problems, have a plan in place for helping children solve the problem. Although we might want to just solve the problem for them, it is important help children learn to work through problems by themselves. Natural opportunities to talk about the problem-solving steps occur throughout the day. For example, talk about problem-solving steps during snack when you run out of their favorite snack. If it’s raining and they cannot play outside, talk about being disappointed and what they might do instead.