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18 Developing creative and critical problem solving skills in lower primary classrooms: a structured approach

In lower primary classrooms, there is a need for a well-developed, structured sequence of lessons that 'ignite the spark' of young bright minds. Equipping our students with the tools to be adaptable in our fast, changing world is a challenge for educators globally. The sequence of learning experiences in the Primary Programs option offered by the non-profit Future Problem Solving Program in Australia provides teachers with a sequentially developed structure to achieve this goal. Applying the FPS 6-step problem solving process to a broad range of genres and scenarios, develops students’ thinking skills, and ultimately, their Adaptability Quotient.


Nicola Desoe
Future Problem Solving Program Australia

Ms Nicola Desoe has a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education, a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia and a Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of New South Wales. She has taught in rural, regional and urban Primary Classrooms for over 20 years, including 10 years as Co-ordinator of Gifted Programming. She has developed and taught gifted programs at four schools. Her particular area of interest is Future Problem Solving where she now serves as the Primary Programs Co-ordinator on the National Committee and on the International Topics Committee.


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