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Roger Lewin said, "Too often we give children answers rather than problems to solve." The goal of this grant is to give children problems to solve. By developing problem solving and critical thinking skills along with perseverance skills this will prepare our students to be productive citizens of the future.

I would like to bring HOPS (Hands -on Problem Solving) back to the third and fifth graders from Safety Harbor Elementary for the third year. Since implementing the HOPS program at Safety Harbor our test scores have improved each year.
I want to instill this kind of creative thinking and work ethic in students as well, as to improve technical reading skills. By improving critical and creative thinking skills it will improve students thinking ability.

Students can be taught to be good critical thinkers and problem solvers.

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Hands-on Problem Solving Challenges

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School:
Safety Harbor Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Barbe O'Steen 
 
Kristen Conley and all third and fifth grade teachers 
Students Impacted:
220 
Grade:
Date:
August 15, 2015

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $1,700.00

PTA Safety Harbor - $505.00

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Goal

Roger Lewin said, "Too often we give children answers rather than problems to solve." The goal of this grant is to give children problems to solve. By developing problem solving and critical thinking skills along with perseverance skills this will prepare our students to be productive citizens of the future.

I would like to bring HOPS (Hands -on Problem Solving) back to the third and fifth graders from Safety Harbor Elementary for the third year. Since implementing the HOPS program at Safety Harbor our test scores have improved each year.
I want to instill this kind of creative thinking and work ethic in students as well, as to improve technical reading skills. By improving critical and creative thinking skills it will improve students thinking ability.

Students can be taught to be good critical thinkers and problem solvers.
 

 

What will be done with my students

This is an in-school field trip. HOPS (Hands-on Problem Solving) comes to the school and provides a program which uses several educational goals from various content areas. Students working in teams will complete four difficult problem solving tasks which require them to read directions, assess the task at hand, decided how to use the limited materials provided, organize, strategize, and formulate a plan of action to accomplish a goal. Students will develop the creative potential within themselves and work cooperatively. Students will evaluate themselves with an information survey and reflection. Students will demonstrate cooperative team building skills in order to successfully complete real life projects at the HOPS workshop. Students will successfully complete the HOPS workshop as measured by the rubrics from HOPS. Due to this real world application and practice with critical thinking skills and problem solving these skills will increase in students. Most of the students involved have participated at least one time with HOPS. There should be an increase in scores. 

 

Benefits to my students

Before students can begin solving each of the four challenges they must read and follow directions carefully. They soon realize the importance of reading carefully and technically. While they may be engaged with hands-on they are also learning the importance of reading carefully and following directions in order to be successful. What better way to reinforce the value of reading and following directions than by this real world application. Cooperative competitions naturally excite students but pair it with fun challenges like building a mote and a catapult to shoot objects over a castle wall to save the dragon and you have real excitement. The challenges engage all students including Exceptional Education students. Often struggling students and those with disabilities showed great leadership and problem solving abilities when presented with the challenges. Classroom teachers also have the opportunity to observe their students' success in a different environment.
Finally, an additional benefit is using the community to help with the competition as scorers. This is a great way our volunteers to help our students develop
 

 

Describe the Students

There are 113 third graders and 108 fifth graders at Safety Harbor Elementary.
Among this population 70% is white, 18% is Hispanic, 7% is African American and 5% is other. There are 22 Exceptional Education students and 35 gifted students. Safety Harbor Elementary earned a state grade of a B. The socio-economic status of the majority of students is middle class.
 

 

Budget Narrative

There is a $10 fee per student for participation in the HOPS competition. This includes the competition and awards.
Each child will need a permission slip/photo release which needs to be printed.
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 printing cost for permission slips $5.00
2 $10 cost per student (220) $2,200.00
  Total: $2,205.00

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