An Innovative Approach for Teaching Problem Solving Skills


Episode 5: Join Lisa Hunt and Ryan McCormick as they discuss the subject of problem-solving. Through explaining how his approach to problem-solving has changed over the years, Ryan delves into the methods that he uses to measure success. Furthermore, the pair explore how an individual’s accomplishments rank against the groups’, and vice versa. Along the way, Ryan details his strategy for noticing and managing emotions. Specifically, he focuses on how this connects to a team’s debriefing process.

Midway through the episode, Ryan details how he selects educational activities that involve problem-solving. Similarly, the pair discuss how a group’s process for facing challenges can be successful, even when the objective of an activity isn’t met. This connects to the deeper topic of how individuals and groups think when presented with obstacles to overcome. These themes overlap with Lisa and Ryan’s conversation on potential indicators that are the mark of a good teammate later on in the podcast.

Lastly, the EOL team focuses on the impact making your own version of something has on a person’s motivation and ability to understand a subject. Moreover, how can a facilitator make an activity more useful for a specific group utilizing this concept? This coincides with the last major point made by Lisa. That being how holding too much power as a facilitator can negatively impact participants engaged in a problem-solving activity. 

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