We Can with Two Rules: Problem Solve

Posted by Brenda Yoho

"Lead with Two Rules: Feeling Good & Feeling Safe" emphasizes the importance of making thoughtful choices and asking questions before taking action. This approach not only focuses on immediate decision-making but also imparts wide-ranging, deep, and lifelong skills. By teaching basic problem-solving steps, we equip students with the tools to navigate and address the challenges they encounter, fostering a comprehensive learning process that supports their overall development.

Some problems we encounter have straightforward solutions that don't require deep thinking to resolve. These issues typically arise in our daily lives and don't necessitate a brainstorming process. For example, if you get a flat tire while driving to work, the solution is clear: the tire needs to be fixed. Problem: flat tire. Solution: fix the tire.

Some problems we face have unknown solutions and require us to delve deeper into understanding the issue. One of the first steps is to clearly define the problem. We must learn all we can about the roots and underlying causes of the problem, the goals we aim to achieve with the solution, analyze all possible options, design a plan of action, implement the plan, and then evaluate, reflect, and analyze results to ensure continuous improvement.

For example, consider school improvement plans. Schools need to conduct a needs assessment, review all data, examine variables, input information, and complete an analysis to begin evaluating next steps in their process. The solutions they develop are part of a continuous improvement process, as both students and staff change. This ongoing evaluation helps in establishing goals based on the needs assessment, making it a dynamic and adaptive solution.

Some problems require a combination of approaches to find the best solution. Involving different stakeholders is essential when issues are clearly defined and need a broader approach. We need creativity, innovation, courage, and out-of-the-box thinking. I have emphasized the importance of collaboration between home, school, and community to build a system of support (SOS) for students globally. Together, we can be the solution for our children by being the trusted adults they need to develop the resilience necessary to succeed in life.

The journey to finding the best solutions begins with you. As you read these words, you have choices to make that can initiate the process of becoming part of the solution.

  • You can share this with others.
  • You can organize a group to work on problem solving together to begin to make a difference in your community, school and neighborhoods.
  • You can use this information to make a difference in your life, workplace and home.
  • You can ask others to do a book club with “Lead with Two Rules”-please message me, I am happy to join in a Zoom or FaceTime call.
  • You matter and you can be the one who will make a difference in the life of another!

Teaching problem solving

  1. Define the problem
  2. Identify the key areas of concerns
  3. Gather the information needed to solve the problem
  4. Who is involved
  5. What is involved
  6. Where it is happening
  7. When it is happening
  8. Use visual map of facts
  9. Brainstorm with asking open ended questions-unbiased
  10. Develop solution
  11. Implement solution
  12. Evaluate solution

A big strength of the two rules system is that each conversation is framed in a way that shows students how the rules benefit them. Instead of focusing on blame, condemnation, and punishment, my conversations with students facing problems showed them how their choices had the power to influence the outcomes they experienced. Developing an open mind at a young age is a strength that will serve students well throughout their lives.

Chapter 3, “What the Two Rules Teach Students” has real conversation examples with students which shows you how to have these learning opportunities with them. Teaching these skills is what is needed in solving the “big” problems we see in our schools and communities today. Having trusted adults at home, school and in the community is another solution in helping us solve the issues of children having trusted adults and people they can look up to. Chapter 4, “Building Resilience Based on Trust and Relationships” pg. 73 will help to guide you in what our children need.

Thank you for helping to be part of the solution in a world which needs each one of you. Together We Can, help our children who are worth saving.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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