Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

Every Classroom Matters Episode 215

George Couros innovators mindset problem finding
Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems? George Couros left an Innovation Day wondering if the kids tried to solve new problems or if they just copied what they saw other kids do. Did the kids see problems and did they see themselves as solvers of those problems?

Listen now.

George Couros is beginning a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 2 of the series. 

Show Notes: Teaching Problem Finding Along with Problem Solving

  • You can focus on curriculum and still have students finding problems.
  • How George had students take the curriculum and align their own work to standards.
  • The problem with being an entertaining teacher.
  • How a shift in mindset from giving students problems to helping them be problem finders will make anyone a better teacher.
  • Ideas for helping kids become problem finders.

Educator Resources from this Episode

  • George Couros @georgecouros
  • The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros
  • Ewan McIntosh’s TedX talk
  • 8 Ways to Spark Problem Finders: I got so excited about this topic, I jumped into some research and made an infographic with 8 ways you can spark your students to be problem finders. It is included on the bottom of this post! I hope it is helpful! (Scroll down.) 

Leave Us a Rating and Review

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.button-itunes

8 ways to spark problem finders

Download a Free Sample of Jennifer Gonzalez's Technology for Teachers 2016

Free-sample-jenniferg-smaller

Here's a PDF with some favorite apps and new ones too. Thanks Jennifer Gonzalez for creating this freebie just for Cool Cat Teacher Readers.

This PDF includes Storybird, Kahoot, Google Drive, Formative and Trello. See if the Teacher's Guide to Tech is Right for You!

Powered by ConvertKit

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 thoughts on “Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders