I Can Problem Solve: Intermediate elementary grades

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Research Press, 2001 - Cognition in children - 421 pages
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The award-winning, evidence-based violence prevention and intervention program for children.

I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a universal school-based program designed to enhance the interpersonal cognitive processes and problem-solving skills of children in preschool through grade 6.

Developed by Myrna B. Shure for three age groups and supported by 25 years of meticulous research, ICPS is proven to prevent and reduce early high-risk behaviors such as impulsivity and social withdrawal and to promote prosocial behaviors such as concern for others and positive peer relationships.

ICPS for Intermediate Elementary Grades
  • Structured Lessons: A total of 77 lessons, each with an easy-to-follow teacher script, guide children’s learning of essential ICPS vocabulary and concepts and problem-solving skills (alternative solutions, consequences, solution-consequence pairs, means-end thinking).
  • Interaction in the Classroom: Teachers and students learn a whole new way to communicate, using ICPS dialoging, a special technique of problem-solving talk. The result is an improved classroom climate with less conflict and more cooperation.
  • Integration into the Curriculum: Children practice ICPS problem-solving concepts as they work on math, reading, science, social studies, and other academic subjects.

Lessons speak to children on their own level, using games, stories, puppets, illustrations, and role-plays. A key program principle is that the child, not the teacher, must solve the problem at hand. In other words, ICPS teaches children how to think, not what to think.
 

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Contents

Interaction in the Classroom
7
Integration in the Curriculum
77
Alternative Solutions
211
It Takes Time to Think
213
Theres More Than One Way Part I
215
Theres More Than One Way Part II
219
4O Writing and Drawing Alternative Solutions
221
What Can I Do? A Story
225
Good Times and Not Good Times to Act
325
What Can I Do While I Wait?
327
6O Is This a Good Time to Act?
329
When Is a Good Time to Act?
335
MeansEnds Thinking
341
Whats My Plan?
343
A ProblemSolving Plan Part I
349
Mystery Sequence
351

Theres More Than One Way Part III
229
Feeling Cartoons Part II
235
RolePlaying Part II
241
ICPS T icTacToe
243
Whats Wrong With What They Say?
245
Consequences
257
What Might Happen Next Part I
259
Butting In
265
What Might Happen Next Part II
273
5O What Might Happen Next Part III
277
What Makes People Act the Way They Do?
283
How Does Each Person See the Problem?
285
Pick the Best Pick the Worst 291
291
SolutionConsequence Pairs
295
What Can I Do? Is That a Good Idea?
297
RolePlaying Part III
311
Is That My First Idea?
315
ICPS Today?
321
Will the Person Be Angry?
361
How Could I Avoid This Problem?
367
MeansEnds Review
369
A ProblemSolving Plan Part II
381
Feeling Cartoons Part III
383
7O Guess the Problem Part I
389
Guess the Problem Part II
393
A ProblemSolving Plan Part III
395
A ProblemSolving Plan Part IV
397
A ProblemSolving Plan Part V
401
A Dilemma
403
A ProblemSolving Plan Part VI
407
Looking Forward
409
Guidelines for Continued ICPS Teaching
411
ICPS Dialoguing Reminders
415
About the Author
421
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About the author (2001)

Dr Myrna B. Shure, PhD, is a developmental psychologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA and the creator of the I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) program—an evidence-based school-based social and emotional learning/violence prevention program published by Research Press. ICPS has been recognized for research and service by numerous national organizations, including the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Center for the Study of Prevention of Violence. Dr. Shure is also author of the Raising a Thinking Child Workbook, an ICPS program for families also published by Research Press. She has been recognized by the American Psychological Association's Psychology Matters initiative for her outstanding research relating to schools and families resulting in valuable applications that make a difference in people's lives. Her books for parents, Raising a Thinking Child and Raising a Thinking Preteen, are both Parent Choice Award winners. Dr. Shure offers workshops nationwide and is also a media consultant on issues of mental health in our nation's youth.

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