What gives a problem solver the edge they need? The ability to define the problem and see it clearly? Thinking critically from multiple perspectives and visualizing possibilities? The drive to create and deliver a solution and conquer any challenge? It’s all of the above. And it’s what Solution Fluency is all about.
This is where you use the knowledge you’ve gathered to visualize a creative and appropriate solution. This is a whole-mind process where we imagine what the solution will appear like as it would in the future. Instead of asking “why” we ask “why not.” The question of “what’s the worst that could happen” becomes “what’s the best that could happen.”
This stage is the process by which the dream becomes a reality. It’s where you actually implement the design to complete the solution to the problem in two separate steps: Produce (actually creating the solution in its working format), and Publish (applying the product in an effort to solve the problem).
At the end of the process comes an often-overlooked step—the Debrief. It’s a time to review and analyze the product and process, and identify areas for potential improvement. Students are not often given the chance to evaluate a learning journey, and this is an integral part of guiding them towards taking responsibility for their own learning.