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Problem-Based Learning with Integrative Thinking

Join us for a two-day problem solving challenge. In small teams, you’ll use Integrative Thinking to solve a real-world challenge for an organization that has no single, right answer. In this hands-on workshop, you will be guided by two facilitators through the Integrative Thinking process. You will then share your recommendations back to the organization.

Together, we’ll pull out best practices and look at ways you can bring Integrative Thinking, metacognition and problem solving into your classrooms and schools.

Whether you’re new to Integrative Thinking or have been using the tools for years, this program is for you.

As a participant, you will:

  • Apply the Integrative Thinking process to a real-world problem

  • Co-develop best practices

  • Explore how you might use the Integrative Thinking process in your own classroom and school

  • Brainstorm possible community partners you can approach to collaborate with

 This program is co-facilitated with Rahim Essabhai. Rahim is a grade 12 Business Leadership teacher in the Toronto District School Board. In his course, students spend 6-8 weeks consulting to an organization using Integrative Thinking. Rahim won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for this work.   You can see his students’ work on Twitter @mressabhai.    

This program is co-facilitated with Rahim Essabhai. Rahim is a grade 12 Business Leadership teacher in the Toronto District School Board. In his course, students spend 6-8 weeks consulting to an organization using Integrative Thinking. Rahim won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for this work. 

You can see his students’ work on Twitter @mressabhai. 

 


 

Your Crash Course in Problem-Based Learning 

We’ll be guided by the Integrative Thinking process for creative problem solving to think through the challenge and come to insights.

 

Day 1

Meeting with the Client

We’ll kick-off our experience in problem solving with our client. They will tell us more about their organization and their challenge. We use this time to gain a deep understanding of the perspective of the client and the tension they are facing in trying to solve it. 

Introduction to Integrative Thinking

Grab a cup of coffee – or tea – for this introduction to Integrative Thinking. We’ll share stories highlighting the thinking behind it in action and explore why metacognition is so difficult for our students (and adults, too). Watch a 3-minute animated introduction to get a sense of what we will be delving into over the course of the day.

 

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Giving Structure to Problem Solving

Using the information from the client we’ll frame the challenge by identifying the opposing models. This afternoon we’ll go through Step 1: Articulate the Models and Step 2: Examine the Models of the Integrative Thinking process. We’ll use the #propro tool for thinking to better understand the problem from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. From here we’ll examine the models to come to new insight. We’ll end the day by identifying best practices for Step 1 and 2.  


Day 2

Creating Better Models

Using our insights from yesterday, we’ll get our creative juices flowing and imagine new possibilities for our client. We’ll wrap up the Integrative Thinking process with Step 3: Imagine the Possibilities and Step 4: Assessing the Prototypes.

Presenting to the Client

We’ll reunite with our client to share insights you’ve gained about the problem throughout the process and a couple recommendations that bring those insights to life.

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Student Voice

A couple of Rahim’s students will join us to share what’s been the most significant change they’ve seen in themselves since learning Integrative Thinking. We’ll talk about what was hard about problem-based learning and the classroom conditions that allowed them to thrive. 

In the Classroom

We’ll wrap up the program looking forward to September. Each participant will identify a fun-and-friend way to introduce the Integrative Thinking process to their students and a curriculum-connected challenge for their students to explore.


When

July 3rd - 4th, 2018

Where

Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario

There is underground parking at Rotman and street parking in the area. We recommend taking public transit, as we are close to several routes. We are approximately a five minute walk south of St. George subway station, a 10 minute walk north of the 506 College streetcar and one minute north of the 94 Wellesley bus.

Fee

Early bird pricing of $395 plus HST per person for both days, includes all materials, light breakfast and lunch.

Regular price is $449 plus HST.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.