Whether it comes in the form of rain on field day or of a fundraising need, every teacher sooner or later finds an entire classroom faced with a mutual problem. Rather than feeling you have to come up with a solution, serve as facilitator and encourager to help the students personally handle the bulk of the problem-solving.
The following procedure is optimally effective in reaching a workable solution while letting the children develop their coping skills:
Remember, this is a group effort. If you show an attitude of acceptance and appreciation throughout, students whose ideas weren’t used needn’t feel scorned or ignored.
(Based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish)