2018 Term 3 Future Problem Solvers Group

  • Posted on: 9 August 2018
  • By: MelvaGill

The programme was first established in 1978 and is now run in a number of countries around the world. I only found out about it 5 years ago when I started teaching it at Diamond Harbour School, but since then I have fully embraced it as I have seen the amazing benefits it has given my students and how much they have enjoyed it. We are working with the Global Issues Programme which is where students compete in teams of 4. Each year we learn about 3 major worldwide issues and then use the FPS six step problem solving model to try to come up with a valid solution to one of the issues that we have identified. It isn't easy!!! And requires the team to have a variety of different strengths including thinking analytically, creatively, logically, flexibly and fluently and to have good leadership, motivational skills, writing and reading skills and the ability to work alongside others. You can see why we need 4 people in a team to make all of that happen.

This term we are learning and thinking about toxic materials and the issues around these. It would be great if you could ask your learner about what we have been doing and have discussions / do some research around this topic with them. Each student will need a clearfile to store all of their work in, please sort this with them. It would be great if they could have these by next Tuesday.

We will have FPS every Tuesday morning from 9 through to lunchtime, feel free to drop in on a session if you would like to know more about it, or check out the New Zealand FPS website. I would also be keen to run an information evening for parents a little later in the term once the children have a better understanding of what we are doing.

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