The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Problem Solving: Where is it in our schools?!

I love games, especially ones that stretch my mind towards problem-solving skills. We all know that challenges teach us perseverance, dedication and delayed gratification. Too many of our students live in a world where many of these barriers have been removed or weakened, in order for children to be "successful". I don't know about you - but I like for my students to be UNsuccessful (but not all the time of course :) ) Historically, those people who were the most unsuccessful were the most successful! (e.g. Edison). 


I teach orchestra (6-12), and each day I present 'problems' for students that must be solved quickly - in order to demonstrate a necessary performance skill. It is always on the more difficult compositions that my students feel most successful. If I were to give them a piece of music on which I KNEW they would be immediately successful - it would be a very boring learning experience. Sure, they would perform the piece sooner and with greater ease, but it would not stretch their minds - and they know it. 


Along these lines, I discovered a game that I would like to share with you. While walking around Barnes and Noble (my guilty pleasure), near the crosswords, logic puzzles and games was KenKen. These puzzles are similar to Sudoku - but offer a very different challenge. Below is Will Shortz explaining how to play the game. I encourage you to get these - to challenge yourself and your students NO MATTER THE SUBJECT. We need more people presenting simple problems for students to solve to help their cognitive-independence. 


If your a teacher you can sign up for FREE weekly puzzles at 


Views: 61


You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN


Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

David Chiles posted a status
"Friends, networkers, developing my own online courses. Feel free to any online resources for lesson plans. Thanks"
May 16
Hos-Na Salehi and David Chiles are now friends
May 4
David Chiles posted a status
"Issues with online learning exist. AI test taking is creepy to students. Read more"
May 4
Hos-Na Salehi is now friends with and Erline Sherman
May 2
Erline Sherman updated their profile
Apr 30
Profile IconLizzy Cole, Emily Collins and Alaina LaManna joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 30
Profile IconErline Sherman, stacy doyon, Faraz Hussain and 30 more joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 28
Diana Martinez liked Thomas Whitby's video
Apr 26

© 2020   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service