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Life orientation

Grade 9

Thinking skills

Module 6

Solving a problem

What a shocking waste!

(Excerpt taken from " The School Times" a newspaper who specialises in news about schools)

I visited a well-known school in a relatively upmarket community to deliver a parcel of books. From the outside the school made quite an impression, it had large columns, big windows and impressive doors. The first problem was that the windows did not reflect shiny, happy faces. It reflected stains and pieces of gum and I could see empty cans standing inside the classes on the window sills. Inside the trend continued. The steps were littered with pieces of papers, empty cool drink tins, torn wrappers and sachets. It was dusty too and some marks looked well-entrenched on the stairs and even on the walls. Inside the class that I was looking for, some chairs were lying on their sides, tables were scattered, pieces of paper decorated the dusty floor. The desks were festooned with witty and obscene graffiti. I wondered if this place reflected the state of mind of the inhabitants of this institution?

(The rest of the letter was cut - Ed.)

Your turn!

Follow the steps to see if you can come up with some workable solutions.

1. What is the real problem?

2. What possibilities and solutions are there?

3. Which ideas may work? (What criteria will we use?)

4. The plan of action:

Here you should answer the questions:

  • Who is going to do it?
  • When is it going to be done?
  • How are we going to get the money?
  • How will we know it was a success?

5. How are we going to convince others?

(It is important to get the co-operation and help of others.)


Share the ideas of the different groups. Are there any ideas which you can apply to your specific school?

[LO 3.6]


Learning outcomes(LOs)
LO 3
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT The learner will be able to use acquired life skills to achieve and extend personal potential to respond effectively to challenges in his or her world.
Assessment standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
3.3 responds appropriately to emotions in challenging situations;
3.4 explains what has been learned from a challenging personal ineraction by critically reflecting on own behaviour;
3.6 critically evaluates own application of problem-solving skills in a challenging situation.

Questions & Answers

What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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