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Kids will do well, if they can…

I had the fabulous opportunity to attend a one day webinar with Ross Greene, on Collaborative Problem Solving,  that will be followed up with a two day face to face session in January.  To say that the idea of collaborative problem solving spoke to me, is an understatement!  That is not to say that I have been able to use all the tools and ideas seamlessly, it has blown up on me in on a few occasions which usually results in a student looking at me like I have horns, but I am committed to plugging away at it.

Kids do well if they can…And is he is not doing well, adults need to figure out why so they can help

  • Why are challenging kids challenging?  What we are seeing, what is getting in the way?
  • When are challenging kids challenging? What problems needs to be solved so the behaviours can be reduced.
  • What are we going to do differently now that we know why….
  • Little what....what are challenging kids doing when they are challenging…least important because there is little difference between the behaviours.

Why are kids challenging…because they are lacking the skills to not be challenging. 


Delayed in the development of cognitive skills…kids are only challenging when certain demands are put on them.
  • Flexibilty
  • Adaptability
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Problem solving
Challenging behaviours communicates to us that the kid is lacking the skills to do it better.
Why are we seeing more behaviours?  We are demanding skills earlier and earlier.  Kids have to more flexible and adaptable. Social skills are required earlier and earlier!
Implementing a model
  1. Identify lagging skills.  Engage students in the process in skills lacking. Persuasive.
  2. Identify unsolved problems…situations…get organize
    • Once lagging skills have been identified, move over in the guide and start discussion examples of when this happens, what it looks like to help identify the unsolved problem.
    • The unsolved problem must be
      • Free from challenging behaviours
      • Free of adult theories
      • Not explain what is going on BUT identify lagging skills and unsolved problems
      • Specific and split.  What is the expectation the student is having difficulty meeting?
  3. Solve problems and teach skills together!  Collaboratively!
So with less than a month till the next session, I am working on identifying lagging skills and unsolved problems.  I am also reading Lost at School over the break, hoping to glean a little more before our next session.

One response »

  1. Hello Jen!
    I recently read the book “Lost at School” by Ross Greene in one of my university classes. Its a great read! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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