How to Identify Challenges Future Problem Solving Training Part II
The First Step in FPS • Another place to find challenges is a fable. • You can choose any part of the fable to find a challenge. • You can even combine parts of the story to see challenges.
Click on http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?1&TheAntandtheGrasshopper&&antgrass2.ram to read “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” • Be sure to write down the challenges you see as you read. Try to find 20 of them.
Find someone else that is doing this assignment and borrow some of their answers if you can’t find 20 right off. • Two heads really are better than one! In FPS we encourage you to work with others but be sure to give them credit. Write their initials at the end of the line that has their idea. • Sometime you can start with one of their ideas but then finish it another way. This is called “Piggybacking”.
1. How can we move the ant to the city? 2. How can we get farmers to plant ant-sized corn? 3. How can ants be convinced to store something else? 4. How can we teach the grasshopper a work ethic? 5. How can we get ants to store corn closer to the field? Here are some challenges I found for this Aesop’s Fable. 6. How can the grasshopper come up with a more attractive diversion than chatting? 7. How can we get the grasshopper to use a lower vocabulary (moiling) so the ant would better understand his options. 8. How can we get the grasshopper to see himself as part of a group with goals?
9. How can we get the grasshopper to value storing food? 10. How can we teach the ant more diplomacy? Kindness? Tact? Understanding? 11. How can we get the grasshopper to visualize winter without food? 12. How can we get the grasshopper to understand the shelf-life of food? 13. How can we get the grasshopper to find winter food? 14. How can we get the grasshopper to dialogue with other insects? 15. How can we help the grasshopper find kinder friends. 16. How can we help the grasshopper understand the welfare system? 17. How can we get the grasshopper to raid the ant’s supplies? 18. How can we create simulation game so the grasshopper would get the idea before almost dying? 19. How can we make sure the grasshopper doesn’t see eating ants so he can die in peace? 20. How can we teach the grasshopper more about life cycles so he would know how grasshoppers differ from ants and not get his hopes up for his kind?
Where some of my ideas different than yours? • Hopefully by now you are starting to see that there is not one right answer. • Later we will find solutions and make plans. • For now, which of all the ideas you created or got from others would be the most fun to work on?
The First Step in FPS • For more practice, click on this site: http://www.aesopfables.com/aesop1.html • Choose a fable with an interesting moral of the story. • See if you can find 20 Challenges for that Fable • This assignment will be much easier if you do it with friends.