172 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
We used the new problem solving
method and related it to the story of the
two artists. What was their problem?
What ideas did they brainstorm? What
ideas did they try? We then addressed
the problem that our own two neighbors,
‘Boy Land’ and ‘Girl Land’ were having.
After reviewing the ideas we had tried
thus far, we decided we needed a new
idea. “We could make it one!” they said.
One small group went to work on
physically making the lands one
while another group thought of
new names for our land. They
decided to cut the lands and
arrange them in a contrasting
order and eventually agreed on
the new name, ‘Teamwork Land.’
There was a shift. You could see
the children working together
instead of in segregated camps.
Angela: They could see it too. They
started saying things like, “It’s
working!” and it was. After many
different attempts, the children had
worked their way to Teamwork
Another approach to conflict
“ I think it’s working!” the children said.
“How do we know it’s working?”
“Because we’ve been nice to each other,”