What is Community Problem Solving?
Community Problem Solving (CmPS) is a group or individual activity in which students identify real problems in the school or community and implement real solutions. Students use the steps and skills of the problem solving process from the Future Problem Solving Program as they work on the project.
Why Community Problem Solving?
Today’s students will be running the world someday. What better way to prepare students than by teaching them to think systematically about problematic situations, to gather information, to understand the situation, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation? Students involved in CmPS learn very powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations and about making an impact. The implementation of real solutions gives students a strong sense of accomplishment and helps them to see the practical applications of the processes and skills that they have been learning.
Who can participate in CmPS?
Students may participate in CmPS in one of three divisions: Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), and Senior (grades 10-12). It is very important for CmPS students to have an understanding of the problem solving process. If students have not been involved with another component of FPS, they will to need to be taught the problem solving process as part of their Community Problem Solving experience.
Future Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving Future Problem Solving stimulates critical and creative thinking skills
and encourages students to develop a vision for the future.
We sponsor independent community groups and encourage Flagler County students to look to the future, pick a problem and to solve that problem by using the steps and skills of the problem solving process from the Future Problem Solving Program.