Tips for Practicing

Practicing Verbal Problems

Let team members know there isn’t just one “correct” answer. Each team member needs to be prepared for multiple turns and have more than one answer. Make sure team members know they cannot repeat answers or help each other respond.

Debriefing: Once the team is finished, ask the team which responses they thought were common and which responses were creative.

Practicing Hands-On Spontaneous Problems

Everyone should be involved and have a role. Team members may have many strengths:

  • some team members may simply see the solution
  • others are good builders
  • some are good at reading along on the Team Copy of the problem
  • others are good at keeping an eye on the time 

Practicing many types of hands-on problems will allow team members to develop and share their strengths. 

Most items in hands-on problems can be modified (e.g. paperclips can be pulled apart, mailing labels can be torn into smaller pieces, cotton balls can be stretched). Have the team practice manipulating objects as part of their solutions.