The Hands On Problem Solving Program makes it possible to have gifted students learn real life skills, along with team building and support for following instructions.
70 third through fifth graders at Helen Caro Elementary School gathered to discuss teamwork and work through four different activities to solve puzzles and problems as a part of a team.
The program was started by the late gifted teacher Lynne Lock. “My wife initially started the program to encourage gifted students to read and follow instructions,” said Locke’s widower, Dan Locke. “She noticed that because they were gifted, many of her students didn’t like or want to read instructions. The program forces them to do just that in order to be successful.”
HOPS also teaches creative thinking, problem solving, analysis, decision making, stress management, time management, and strategic planning skills.