Community Problem Solving
What is Community Problem Solving?
Community Problem Solving bridges the gap between school and the real world. Students involved in Community Problem Solving (CmPS) learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making a positive impact.
What is the process?
Students in both team and individual Community Problem Solving apply problem solving strategies and skills to real-world concerns. Community Problem Solving teams can be composed of as few as two or three students or as large as an entire class or group. Projects may focus on categories such as Civic and Cultural Issues, Education, Environment, Health Concerns, and Human Services.
This action-oriented, authentic learning encourages students to use knowledge meaningfully across disciplines and to become actively engaged in their learning. Students recognise, address and overcome obstacles as they work together to make a positive difference in their own community.
The competitive portion of CmPS requires the team or individual to document their efforts as they solve their identified community challenge by creating a report based on the Future Problem Solving method, an addendum and a scrapbook. The students learn to work together as a team while making a difference in others’ lives. As they develop their solutions to their identified challenge, they uncover their own talents and abilities while creating a deep sense of pride and dedication to the world around them.
FPS promotes continuous improvement though its evaluation process. Assessment is a vital element in problem solving and FPS offers authentic assessments of all student products. Completed student work is evaluated and scored by certified evaluators and the assessment is provided with feedback for improvement.