|Classroom Tools - Three-Bucket Problem
Thinking About Thinking: Problem-Solving Tool
While students work on a task, they can use the questions in the Problem-Solving Tool to help them remind them of strategies to persist and to examine their thinking.
Thinking About Thinking: Self-Reflection Tool
After students have finished a task, they can use the Self-Reflection Tool to consider their approach and to reflect on their process and progress.
This is another classic puzzle called the Three Bucket Problem. The Three Bucket Problem is a good example of a challenging or complex task that prompts students to engage in healthy struggle. Students might believe that when they try hard and still struggle, it is a sign that they aren’t smart. Teachers and parents can help students understand that struggle is a normal part of learning, and persisting in the face of a challenging task grows new connections in the brain, and over time, makes difficult tasks easier.
Students can use the Problem-Solving Tool and Self-Reflection Tool as they work on this problem to help them to persist and to reflect on their experience.