Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

Every Classroom Matters Episode 215

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems? George Couros left an Innovation Day wondering if the kids tried to solve new problems or if they just copied what they saw other kids do. Did the kids see problems and did they see themselves as solvers of those problems?

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George Couros is beginning a series of shows on Every Classroom Matters where we talk about the eight characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset (George’s new book.) This is part 2 of the series. 

Show Notes: Teaching Problem Finding Along with Problem Solving

  • You can focus on curriculum and still have students finding problems.
  • How George had students take the curriculum and align their own work to standards.
  • The problem with being an entertaining teacher.
  • How a shift in mindset from giving students problems to helping them be problem finders will make anyone a better teacher.
  • Ideas for helping kids become problem finders.

Educator Resources from this Episode

  • George Couros @georgecouros
  • The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros
  • Ewan McIntosh’s TedX talk
  • 8 Ways to Spark Problem Finders: I got so excited about this topic, I jumped into some research and made an infographic with 8 ways you can spark your students to be problem finders. It is included on the bottom of this post! I hope it is helpful! (Scroll down.) 

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