The common core emphasizes the use of multiple literacies in the classroom to acquire skills that will allow them to become problem solvers and researchers.
In my classroom I have been trying to create problem solvers by giving them enough direction for each assignment and then allowing them to come up with their own unique way of creating a product. Other times, I will give them choice on how to present information: art/craft, video presentation, powerpoint presentation.
The difficulty comes when my second graders have not been exposed to certain technology and don’t know how to navigate it. This means that I have to first do a lesson on how to use the technology and then for the next lessons where they are to use it on their own I have to help them troubleshoot any problems that may occur.
As second graders they tend to want to just ask me how to do it or to fix it instead of thinking on their own what they might do. This in itself is a separate skill that must be taught.
My question is: How do you teach students to think and problem solve for themselves when situations arise where they are not sure how to fix something or not sure what to do next?
These research, problem solving, and multiple literacies are carried on throughout all grade levels and I feel like they are most basic at my level so that eventually they are able to take the knowledge we have built in second grade to future grades. It’s just difficult to want to use the technology when they have not had experience with it yet – so projects take a very long time to complete.
Is there some way to break it down so that we can learn the skills and technology and complete the project in a timely manner?