How Can You Solve That?

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Ms. Hoffman encourages children to problem solve.

NAEYC

NAEYC: 

Creating a Predictable, Consistent and Harmonious Classroom

1.D.05—Ms. Hoffman promotes pro-social behavior by…engaging children in the care of their classroom and ensuring that each child has an opportunity to contribute to a group.

Ms. Hoffman supports the decision of several boys to clean the Lego container in their classroom. She invites them to think about what they will need to complete the self-assigned task and guides them in their decision making. As the boys clean the container, she encourages them by saying “You guys are the best cleaners I’ve ever had!”

Curriculum: Essential Characteristics

2.A.08—In Ms. Hoffman’s classroom materials and equipment…are organized to support independent use.

A girl needs glue for an activity. Although she does not remember right away where the glue is kept, Ms. Hoffman guides her in finding the answer; the glue is kept in the writing center, which the girl can access on her own.

Creating Caring Communities for Learning

3.B.02—Ms. Hoffman creates and maintains a setting in which children…progress...toward increasing levels of autonomy and responsibility.

When Emma tells Ms. Hoffman that her socks are falling down, Ms. Hoffman restates Emma’s concern and asks, “How are you going to solve that problem, Emma?” When Emma says that she will unzip her boot, Ms. Hoffman follows up with the question, “What are you going to do with your sock?”

A girl needs glue for an activity but tells Ms. Hoffman she does not know where to find it. Ms. Hoffman presents possible locations that the glue might be. After the girl determines that the glue is not in the Lego center or at Ms. Hoffman’s chair, she remembers that the glue is kept in the writing center.

Several boys decide that the Lego container in their classroom needs to be cleaned. Ms. Hoffman guides them in figuring out what they will need to clean the container.

 

IELS

IELS: 

8.3—Problem Solving

Children demonstrate strategies for reasoning and problem solving.

Several boys in Ms. Hoffman’s class recognize and solve problems…through interactions and discussions with peers and caregivers.

When the boys discover that the Lego container in their classroom needs to be cleaned, they tell Ms. Hoffman about the problem and express a desire to solve that problem. Ms. Hoffman guides them in determining what they will need to clean the container, thus solving the problem.

 

IQPPS

IQPPS: 

Creating a Predictable, Consistent and Harmonious Classroom

1.8—Ms. Hoffman promotes pro-social behavior by…engaging children in the care of their classroom and ensuring that each child has an opportunity to contribute to a group.

Ms. Hoffman supports the decision of several boys to clean the Lego container in their classroom. She invites them to think about what they will need to complete the self-assigned task and guides them in their decision making. As the boys clean the container, she encourages them by saying “You guys are the best cleaners I’ve ever had!”

Curriculum: Essential Characteristics

2.8—In Ms. Hoffman’s classroom materials and equipment…are organized to support independent use.

A girl needs glue for an activity. Although she does not remember right away where the glue is kept, Ms. Hoffman guides her in finding the answer; the glue is kept in the writing center, which the girl can access on her own.

Creating Caring Communities for Learning

3.4—Ms. Hoffman creates and maintains a setting in which children…progress...toward increasing levels of autonomy and responsibility.

When Emma tells Ms. Hoffman that her socks are falling down, Ms. Hoffman restates Emma’s concern and asks, “How are you going to solve that problem, Emma?” When Emma says that she will unzip her boot, Ms. Hoffman follows up with the question, “What are you going to do with your sock?”

A girl needs glue for an activity but tells Ms. Hoffman she does not know where to find it. Ms. Hoffman presents possible locations that the glue might be. After the girl determines that the glue is not in the Lego center or at Ms. Hoffman’s chair, she remembers that the glue is kept in the writing center.

Several boys decide that the Lego container in their classroom needs to be cleaned. Ms. Hoffman guides them in figuring out what they will need to clean the container.

 

HSPS

HSPS: 

1304.21(a)(4)(iii) - Ms. Hoffman promotes interaction and language use among children and between children and adults to help them solve everyday classroom problems.

Ms. Hoffman engages in conversations with several children in her class at different times to help them think about ways they can solve their problems. She uses questions to encourage the children to brainstorm ideas and communicate those ideas to her and other classmates.

1304.21(c)(1)(ii) – Ms. Hoffman provides for the development of cognitive skills by encouraging each child to organize his or her experiences…and to develop age appropriate…problem solving and decision making skills which form a foundation for school readiness and later school success by asking the children questions that lead them to a solution.

Ms. Hoffman supports the decision of several boys to clean the Lego container in their classroom. She invites them to think about what they will need to complete the self-assigned task and guides them in their decision making.

1304.21(c)(1)(vi) – Ms. Hoffman provides each child with opportunities for success to help develop feelings of competence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes toward learning by encouraging children to take ownership in problem solving and in the classroom.

Ms. Hoffman encourages the children in her classroom to take ownership and responsibility for themselves and the classroom environment.  She asks children questions to help guide them to appropriate solutions of problems such as Emma’s sock falling down and a dirty Lego container. 

HSCOF

HSCOF: 

Language Development

Listening and Understanding

  • Shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

 

Social and Emotional Development

Self Control

  • Develops growing understanding of how their actions affect others and begins to accept the consequences of their actions.
  • Demonstrates increasing capacity to follow rules and routines and use materials purposefully, safely, and respectfully.

 

Approaches to Learning

Reasoning and Problem Solving

  • Grows in recognizing and solving problems through active exploration, including trial and error, and interaction and discussions with peers and adults