Guidebook helps teachers bring solutionary thinking into their classrooms

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Through its new Solutionary Guidebook, the Maine-based Institute for Humane Education is helping teachers find ways to bring critical and creative thinking into the classroom.

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The Solutionary Guidebook provides a clear process with examples and resources that teachers can use to develop the research, systems analysis, and critical and creative thinking skills that young people need to become solutionaries. I haven’t seen anything like it in my 25 years as an educator.

The Institute for Humane Education (IHE)—a Maine-based organization committed to helping youth become engaged and prepared problem-solvers for a healthy, just, and humane world—has released a downloadable Solutionary Guidebook to help teachers bring critical and creative thinking into the classroom.

Thanks to a grant from the Sewall Foundation, which supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals, and the environment, this guidebook is available free of charge.

According to Julie Meltzer, a Maine Curriculum Director, preparing students to be solutionary thinkers is one of the most important things that schools can do.

“Teachers may agree but not know where to start,” says Meltzer. “The Solutionary Guidebook provides a clear process with examples and resources that any teacher can use to develop the research, systems analysis, and critical and creative thinking skills that young people need to become solutionaries. This amazing guide offers teachers a dependable companion as they dive into this essential work with their students. I haven’t seen anything quite like it in my 25 years as an educator.”

The Solutionary Guidebook provides an easy-to-use, fully accessible solutionary process for teachers to use in their classrooms.

The guidebook is divided into three parts. Part I outlines the rationale for educating students to be solutionaries; Part II offers a step-by-step process and grade- and subject-specific case studies from many Maine teachers who have used IHE’s solutionary approach; and Part III provides supplementary resources.

IHE will be launching a Solutionary YouTube channel in the spring so that students from across Maine, as well as around the world, can share their solutions to problems. The process for submitting videos is described in the Solutionary Guidebook as well.

For more information about the Institute for Humane Education and its efforts to educate students to be solutionaries, please visit http://www.humaneeducation.org.

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