2nd Grade

Classroom Guidance


Problem Solving

Learning Target: I can generate several solutions to a given problem.

Why This Lesson Matters: Students who are more skilled problem solvers get along better with peers and have fewer conflicts and problems with aggression. Students can escalate conflicts by failing to consider the situation from the other person's perspective. It is important for students to see a problem in a neutral way that doesn't blame the other person.

Activity: We began our lesson warming up our brains with a game of "My Turn, Your Turn". I introduced a Problem Solving Poster "STEP". We watched a video of two second graders that were working on a poster project together but ran into a problem of them both wanting to use a different color for the title. Through the use of the video and poster, the class problem solved how to work it out with Tiana and Conner. After that the students were divided into small groups and worked through another problem using the "STEP" process.

Application: Ask your child what each letter of the "STEP" stands for (S-Say the Problem, T-Think of Solutions, E-Explore Consequences, P-Pick the Best Solution). See if they can explain how to use the "STEP" to work through problems.

ASCA (American School Counseling Association) Standard: PS:C1.7 Students can apply effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.