Creative Problem Solving 9 Course Outline 2014-2015 Teacher: Ms. L McGuey Email: [email protected] Blog: llmcguey.wordpress.org Phone: (403) 777-7190 v:4403 We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t yet been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. -Richard Riley The difference between brilliant and mediocre thinking lies not so much in our mental equipment as in how well we use it. -de Bono Creative Problem Solving The ability to think creatively and be innovative is a skill which is required within contemporary society. Within this course, students will work to develop and hone skills which will be of use to students now, and as they progress throughout their education, career and lives. Within this course, students will think critically to make discoveries. They will identify problems/issues/areas of concern and will work to develop solutions to them using a combination of perspectives, disciplines and their own imaginations! Materials Students are expected to arrive each day prepared with all of the necessary materials. In addition to the conventional materials, students will be asked to have a small notebook which can be utilized for activities throughout the duration of the course and will be asked to keep an online blog/reflective journal which can be accessed by his/her teacher for commenting. Students who prefer to keep a hardcopy paper version of this blog/reflective journal will be permitted to do so based upon his/her learning strengths and preferences. There is no textbook for Creative Problem Solving. Academic Integrity Authentically, this course is based around the need for creativity, imagination and innovation which work in stark contrast to academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism. With this said, students must be sure that all work and ideas they are a part of are original and not the work or ideas of another. Students who commit academic dishonesty may not receive credit for their work. Parents will be notified that an instance of academic dishonesty was committed. For more information on academic integrity please refer to your “Student Handbook” or ask your teacher. Assignments Time management is one of the keys to success. It should be expected that students will commit to all due dates. Should circumstances arise that could impact the meeting of a deadline, students are expected to clearly communicate this prior to the deadline date at which time a mutually agreeable alternative will be reached. Students who miss work due to an unplanned absence are asked to see the teacher immediately upon their return to make up any missed work. Students who simply do not submit work may not receive credit for the task or assignment. Student Evaluation Creative Problem Solving is a project-based course. Students will work individually and in teams to come up with authentic and innovative solutions to problems/issues/concerns to themselves and their greater communities. An outcome for the semester will be assessed based upon how a student engages in the process, finalizes a product or the degree to which s/he engages in reflection of learning within a series of both group and individual tasks/assignments. Process is the continual practice needed in order for students to improve their skills in Creative Problem Solving. Product is the end result of a student’s efforts. Reflection highlights the degree of personal growth which occurs after having engaged in a learning task. As your child’s Creative Problem Solving teacher, I will post evaluations for individual assignments online using the progress levels listed below. The following learning outcomes or “stems” describe what students are expected to be able to do as a part of this Creative Problem Solving Course. Students will: 1. Develop, apply and refine critical and creative thinking skills. 2. Work and collaborates effectively with others. 3. Develop approaches for inquiry and research. Further, the following progress level indicators will be used to assess classroom assignments: Other I look forward to going on this exciting learning journey with both the students enrolled in this Creative Problem Solving Course and their parents throughout the first semester. I encourage you to keep up-todate with pertinent information via the Tom Baines School website at www.tombaines.org. Also, you can feel free to contact me specifically at any time using any of the above listed contacts. Now, let’s start getting creative, Problem Solvers!