Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: Jan 6

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on January 6th in the library.

What the students will be doing this week

The FPS students will be reading through a sample Future Scene related to the topic The Global Workplace. The Future Scene is a scenario set in the future that describes a situation and sets the parameters. The students will be asked to identify the sample Future Scene parameters (topic, place and time). Together, we will read the future scene at least twice. On the second reading, we will ask the students to highlight or underline sentences that give them an idea for a possible challenge. A challenge is an issue, concern, or problem in the Future Scene that needs attention. The students need to explain what the challenge is, why it is a challenge and how it logically relates to the Future Scene.

How can Parents help?

Please begin discussing the topic The Global Workplace with your child. This is the topic that we will be discussing in FPS during the months of January and February.


The world today is increasingly interdependent with the advent of interconnectedness. The internet brings individuals living in diverse places together for innovative opportunities in global collaboration. Physical space may no longer define a workplace. Many local and international corporations are able to employ people without them having to step out of their homes or countries. Developed countries outsource jobs to other countries where labor may be cheaper and labor laws less regulated. How might a more global workplace affect local and national economies? Some firms downsize their workforce in favor of automated systems that require less human input. These changes create a pool of workers who, besides being out of work, are often unprepared for other jobs. How might employers develop innovative ways to work globally? Is the growing trend of working globally online benefiting current workplace trends? How might this affect the world economy? What economic or educational changes might better prepare governments, businesses, and workers for a global workplace?

Terms related to Global Workplace

Contingent worker: a temporary worker hired for a short period of time that is usually paid by the hour and does not receive the benefits available to full-time employees.


Commute: a regular journey of some distance to and from one's place of work


Freelance worker: a person that works for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company


Telecommuting: the act of performing all or a portion of work functions at an alternative worksite, such as working from home or a telework center; often used to reduce or eliminate an employee's commute and/or business overhead costs


Outsource: to contract work out to another country, person, or company

Videos describing the components of the Future Problem Solving program.

Hannah's video is probably too complex to keep the attention of the 4th graders, but you may find it interesting.
Give our youth the gift of problem solving | Hannah Hudson | TEDxChristchurch
FPSPI - A program for students of the 21st Century

Six-Steps to Problem Solving

1. Identify Challenges to the topic or Future Scene.

2. Select an Underlying Problem.

3. Produce Solution Ideas to the Underlying Problem.

4. Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas.

5. Apply Criteria to Solution Ideas.

6. Develop an Action Plan.