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A cardboard box; a basket of unfolded laundry; an individual blade of grass. To a child, these everyday, unnoticed items become a fort; clothing for a king and queen; a harmonica that plays symphonic music. Imagination is not just for kids. Discovery, innovation, creativity, and learning all begin with imagination. Everyone says imagination is important, but it's something we take away by forcing students to memorize and repeat rather than think and envision.

  • Read the introduction and Chapter One of Classroom Habitudes, p. 7-30
  • Read pages 210-212 of the book Made to Stick.
  • Do a search online for "problem solving process" and select one website to research. If you find a really good one to share, post it below. I put an example there for you.

  • Share a resource for encouraging or developing imagination--for yourself or for your students. Post your resource or idea on the Imagination page (see link to the right). For help with posting, see the Imagination page.
  • Respond to one or more of the questions in the discussion area (link to the right). Then reply to at least two other posts.

The Problem Solving Process

The website teaches an information problem-solving strategy. There are lots of lesson plans for a variety of ages and subjects. ~Beth S.

I really liked this image and the idea of collaborative problem solving. ~Kris

I found a site called The Nine P's of problem solving. I liked it because it explains what to do, and has an outline to follow after the explanation. Thehe site is: ~Carol Schwarzenberg

Ditto on the above site above. It is student friendly with its graphics and examples. -Beth Parliament

I thought this was an interesting website . It appears to be geared toward business, but in reading through it, many areas seemed as though they could be (and are being) used in academic/behavior problem solving with students. ~ Patty V.

I thought this site Problem Solving / Decision Making had alot of useful information on problem solving and decision making.
~Brent Hepker

One site that I found was a classroom activity that sounded fun for the kids It went through the process of having the students buy a car and figuring out their finances.
--Diane Kurtz

I liked this site, because it would be easy for anyone to use.
Linda W.

I liked this site's "business approach" to solving problems. Basic Guidelines to Problem Solving and Decision Making (© Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC.)--Mary EK Schneider This Canadaian school site was a good reminder of the basics of problem solving at the elementary mathematics level. Nancy Block This site offers a creative way to teach math skills in the intermediate grades. Pat Sjurson This is an excellent site for parents and students, especially for parents who are trying to help their students but don't have the exact knowledge at this level of learning. It's titled "Staying Involved: Approaches to Helping Our Middle School and High School Students Learn." It focuses on connecting to Prior Knowledge, asking Trigger Questions, how to use Resource Help, and finding the Big Idea. I enjoyed this brief interpretation of how to use the problem solving process. A different, but most of us have been there before, breakdown of this topic. Matti K. and
I have been active in creative problem solving for 25 years, currently Destination Imagination. The first link is to the SD resources listing and the second link is to New York's resource site. Janet DeBow This site is a good, simple visual for the scientific method. Students don't always realize that solving such problems is a cycle that has to be repeated. This chart makes it easy to see. Alissa Hugelman

I like this website as it shows how imagination helped to solve the dilemma of teaching indigenous people how to care for themselves in an ever changing world. Examples - how to train a people that do not read Medical and Dental Training. The innovative ways that were developed is true problem solving in action. itecusa - Sharon Jones

I thought this was a good visual graphic for the problem solving process. - Amber Nelson

The below link will take you to a book titled Ho'oponopono: Contemporary Uses of a Hawaiian Problem-Solving Process. Hawaiian culture deeply values the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of a person as he or she relates to family, community and the environment. This is a unique, cultural problem-solving process used to assist a person when struggling with one or more of those important connections. Hawaiian Problem Solving Process--Kerri Severson Stover

This covers a variety of strategies for problem solving.Thoughts on Problem Solving Cari Olson

Most processes I found were basically the same...identify the problem, analyze it, find as many solutions as possible...I thought this website layed it out clearly - Gretchen Burbach

The website I found on problem solving was called project renaissance, which is dedicated to moving back to classical socratic teaching methods which stress ingenuity and creativity in approaching teaching and learning. There were links on the page for different types of people (students, teachers, etc.) with individual messages about the project.
Allen Remily

Problem Solving Website:
This website provides links to numerous team building, problem-solving games and activities that are to be used as icebreakers or as one deems valuable. I’ve played a few before myself and indeed you must work together to “solve the problem” and succeed at the task. Lori Engebretson

This website is easy to use, it is short and to the point.
Darren Paulsen

I feel this website does a good job of breaking down problem solving. -Brent Jung
This page described a business problem solving model that seems interesting and efficient. It emphasizes creativity and innovation. - Shannon Zimiga
I found this site especially helpful for art educators. It includes a list of teaching strategies that could be used to assist in the process of building students' skills of critical thinking and problem solving in art. I will definitely use this in my classroom! - Lynne Steinley

Since I teach math I searched, Problem Solving Process Math. I found a really good article that explained how the emphasis has shifted from teaching problem solving to teaching via problem solving. I thought the article was very interesting and worth reading. - Stacy Krumpus

I liked this site, seems practical and straight forward. I thought the Stop It/ Mop It section was interesting.
Frances Miller

I found this website: I liked that it had the problem solver think outside of the box and look at how the solution might influence one's future. -Vicky Dix

I found a website specifically made for first grade problem solving It has puzzles, games etc that are geared for younger kids.
Lindy Hemingway

I am always looking for things that are usable with my groups - this site looked like it might have fun problem solving activities for a variety of ages and subjects. Georgia Simon

This looked like a good site for all grade levels: --Lori Wilkinson

I always think that it is good to see the kids in action during problem-solving by using different scenarios! Here are some links for some to use:
This one is great ~ really gets kids thinking and different results all the time ~

I liked this site because it was for kids. Helping them to problem solve 
This wheel is a great visual. Problem-solving is ongoing and continuous.--Kris Warwick