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Creative Problem Solving

An introductory lesson on CPS using Peeky-Poo!
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Carrie Lee

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving:
What is it?
How do you do it!
What would you do? Oh boy! What a problem! Stuck? Creative Problem Solving is a plan (created by a guy named Sidney Parnes) to help you look at problems in an imaginative way! What is in the plan??? In life... sometimes... you have a mess... 1st Step: Mess Recongition

Realize you have a mess!
Feel overwhelmed or sad
You can tell yourself "SOMETHING is WRONG" 2nd Step: Data Finding
Figure out what is causing your mess

Ask questions and write down facts around the situation
Sort through information and organize facts PEEKY-POO

Mess: Peek-Poo the family dog takes dirty, smelly socks from the laundry room and places them in your friends and visitors' laps when they come to your house! You are so embarrassed! Peeky-Poo Data:
Even when you punish Peeky-Poo she still keeps putting stinky socks on other people's laps

You put her in a closed room but then she barks so loud you cannot hear your friends.

When you place the dirty clothes basket off the ground she jumps and knocks it off!

Even when the socks are in the washing machine she finds away to open the door and get them out.

Your father is upset with you and Peeky-Poo and threatens to get rid of the dog if a solution is not found! 3rd Step: Problem Finding

Looking at you data you write down the problems that you have.

Sub-problems are written as problem statements
A bite-sized problem is selected to focus on.
Problem stated like this...
In what ways might I...? Peeky-Poo Problem:
In what ways might I prevent the dirty sock problem from happening 4th Step: Idea Finding
ANY and ALL problem-solving ideas are listed

List all possible ideas
No idea is bad
Next, select ideas from list that are most promising Peeky-Poo Ideas:

Get rid of dog
Get rid of father
Stop bringing friends over
Give up wearing socks
Place a muzzle on dog
Spray dog-repelling odor on socks
Place dog in cage when guests come over
Put dirty socks in a safe until wash time
Take dog to obedience school
Get bigger dog to stand guard
Spank Peeky-Poo with dirty sock in hand
Shampoo dog with dirty sock so she will not like them anymore
Take dirty socks to coin laundry every evening
Entertain guests outside

What ideas do you have? 5th Step: Solution Finding

Time to find a solution!

Decide how you are going to judge your ideas and set this criteria
Using criteria you judge your ideas
The most promising idea (based on meeting the criteria) is selected! Peeky-Poo Solution Finding:

Criteria Top 5 ideas picked Most promising Ideas!!! 6th Step: Acceptance Finding

Make a plan for how to put your solution into action

Decide what needs to be done
Consider the steps and make a step-by-step plan
Consider obstacles and supporters



Peeky-Poo Action Plan:

1. Every week family members take turn shampooing dog using a dirty sock.
2. Take dirty sock from mouth of dog and spank her with it.
3. Pet and love the dog when she doesn't have a dirty sock in her mouth.
4. If successful, stop shampooing and spanking with dirty sock
5. If not successful, enroll Peeky-Poo in obedeince school You have just taken part in CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING!!!
Thanks to CPS...
Dad, you, and Peeky-Poo will live happily ever after...

OR...we will try another solution!
Recap...

Steps of Creative Problem Solving

1. Mess Finding
2. Data Finding
3. Problem Finding
4. Idea Finding
5. Solution Finding
6. Acceptance Finding Be a Problem-Solver: A CPS Chartbook
by Bob Eberle and Bob Stanish
1984 D.O.K Publishers, East Aurora, NY
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