1st Grade Classroom Guidance


Solving Problems

Learning Target: Students can determine how to solve a problem in safe, respectful ways.

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

Activity: In our lesson this month, we watched a short video about two girls having a difficult time on the playground. With the help of a friend, Anthony, the girls were able to walk through the problem solving steps to help them to consider each others' feelings and figure out solutions that were both safe and respectful. The problem solving steps are: S-Say the problem without blaming anyone, T-think of solutions that are safe and respectful, E-explore consequences "what would happen if...", and P-pick the best solution.

Application: Have your child tell you what each letter in STEP problem solving stands for. See if they can apply it to a situation at home with a sibling or friend when a problem arises.
ASCA (American School Counseling Association) Standard: PS:C1.7 Students can apply effective problem-solving and decision-making skills to make safe and healthy choices.