8 ways to spark problem finders

Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

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?

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[callout]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. [/callout]

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.) 

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Sherwood Institute of Australia February 9, 2016 - 3:31 am

This is just like teaching mixed up with marketing strategy. its very interesting

Debbi Lisack February 9, 2016 - 5:24 am

Awesome ideas!


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