After you have done the above lessons, or concurrently, you can have students do the homework pre-writing exercises in my Problem Solving Writing Guide . These six exercises should give them all of the information and guidance they need to write their paper successfully. I've found that since I started teaching this method, my student's papers are much more thoughtful and their solutions are more practical. In fact, a number of my students have taken their papers and presented them (or the ideas in them) to an audience that can solve the problem. In several cases, these ideas have been implemented! Here are some examples of problems my students have solved:
A lot of it must come down to how young girls are overly sexualized by the media, and put under pressure to become sexually active at a young age. Education also puts too much emphasis on just girls, and reinforces the fact that it is the mothers that are usually blamed for teen pregnancy while the fathers often take no responsibility and get away with it. Young men need to know that they can’t behave in this way, and understand the pressures of becoming a father, while girls need to become more assertive and be able to demand the use of contraception even if they’re drunk and their partner doesn’t want to use it.
The ability to listen with empathy may be the most important attribute of interveners who succeed in gaining the trust and cooperation of parties to intractable conflicts and other disputes with high emotional content. Among its other advantages, as Burley-Allen points out, empathic listening has empowering qualities. Providing an opportunity for people to talk through their problem may clarify their thinking as well as provide a necessary emotional release. Thomas Gordon agrees that active listening facilitates problem-solving and, like Burley-Allen's primer on listening, Gordon's "Leadership Effectiveness Training" provides numerous exercises and suggestions for those seeking to strengthen their listening skills.