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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 is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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 did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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