1. Starting small: How to help students break down complex problems
Starting small: How to help students break down complex problems

How to break down complex problems

When it comes to understanding how students learn, Dr. Michele Borba has earned a reputation for engaging ideas. Discover some of her thoughts to spark opportunities for your student throughout their academic career.


  • As students advance in school, coursework often becomes more challenging, more intricate and sometimes overwhelming. Try this simple solution for helping students break down complex problems into manageable pieces with a fun and educational activity.

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    1. Identify the problem at hand and create an engaging brainstorm to help students solve the problem and map out potential solutions.
       
    2. Start with a Post-it® Super Sticky Big Notes to call out the problem that needs to be solved. Apply the sheet(s) to a wall to initiate a large-scale vertical brainstorm alone or with a group of “study buddies” or like-minded friends.
       
    3. Use Post-it® Super Sticky Notes or Post-it® Super Sticky Big Notes to list out all of the possible solutions to the problem. Assign a palette of colors such as blues or pinks to create overarching categories of solutions.
       
    4. Use Post-it® Super Sticky Notes in another color palette such as “yellow” and “orange” to further build out solutions, ideas and actions to solve the problem.

       


  • Michele Borba

    Michele Borba, Ed.D is an internationally renowned educator, TODAY Show contributor and parenting expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children's character and reduce peer cruelty. 

    For more about her visit www.micheleborba.com or follow her on twitter @micheleborba.

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