Problem Solving

Amy's story demonstrates how difficult it is for children to see someone else's point of view. It took Amy two days to take another look at the object she had made in comparison with the work around her, talk the problem through with Donny, and rethink her position before she could adjust.

Amy's vision of the bus was a row of boxes for children to sit in, the front box for the teacher who would drive. Other children were making sides of various sizes. Donny joined Amy to paint and did the top flaps of her box, seeing it as an engine hood. She said: "Donny ruined it. Those are supposed to get scrunched down so the teacher could sit there. I already made the steering wheel in there." She did not want to approach Donny with her frustrations. Even after seeing the almost finished sides and back held together, she did not see that her front of the bus was not going to fit in. Donny came back and told her, "You need a board up there for a— Amy, pushing his words back, almost pushed him back, and said, "I get it. I get it."

I was very happy to see this problem solved. I did not want to sit with my knees in my chin!

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