As you can probably tell, that approach would take forever.
And with trial and error, you're not necessarily keeping track of what you've already done, so you could get lucky and hit on the right password early, or it could take a very, very long time.
At this point, I told the class I would consider both solutions.
It seems that I've taught them well about how to solve problems fairly because immediately one student suggested that I let the class vote.
Ill-defined problems, on the other hand, have a more ambiguous starting and or ending point, such as how to live a happy life.
It's something you can still try to solve, but you may not know exactly what the outcome will look like.You know that the password is eight numbers long, but you don't remember what it is.If you're using the trial and error method of problem-solving, then you would just try any random combination of letters and numbers until something works.It was hard to argue with her logic and truthfully both solutions were acceptable. I had the kids close their eyes and raise their hands. When they opened their eyes and I announced the winning solution they started fist pumping with excitement. I could never have imagined such a positive reaction to the idea of assigned seats for class activities.In fact, I suspect that had I forced the idea of assigned seats on them as a "punishment" or consequence, I would have heard lots of complaints and frustration. Another way to solve problems in the classroom is to teach students the 4 Problem-Solving Steps.Instead of making one better than the other (class meeting or one-on-one), let children choose which option they would prefer at the moment.This tool and many others can be found in the Positive Discipline Teacher Tool Cards.Eventually we settled on two possible preventative solutions: 1) they could come to the circle separately and choose a place to sit away from close friends so they wouldn't be tempted to resist moving.2) we could make assigned seats around the circle so that no one would feel uncomfortable about moving if necessary.Last week during our class meetings, I noticed a disturbing habit developing among my students.Sometimes they don't want to switch seats and move away from their best friends, and sometimes they want to be the last one standing (when we do an activity that has us sit down after our turn).