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Chapter 4: Group Focus Session 4: S.C.A.M.P.E.R.


Group Size: Class or seminar group.

Physical Set up: Normal classroom setting - or teams of four students at seminar table.

Materials: Overhead projector & transparencies and handouts of
S.C.A.M.P.E.R. activity sheets for each student.

Goal: To use a creative problem solving technique to aid in time management process.

Procedure: Meet & Greet: Divide students into groups of 3 or 4. Have them share in group what happened when they taught the Time Quadrant to an adult.

Review S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Problem Solving Technique by reviewing S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Do the one sample problem.

Have class brainstorm problem to solve.

Multi-vote the same numbers of top problems as you have groups of four students. This way each team can work on a different problem.

Assign or allow groups to select preferred problem.

Distribute S.C.A.M.P.E.R. sheet #2 and asks groups to S.C.A.M.P.E.R. the problem for 15 to 20 minutes.

Ask each group to report best three S.C.A.M.P.E.R. solutions.

Follow up: Remind the group that S.C.A.M.P.E.R. is intended to generate many more possible solutions to problems by considering different strategies.  Ask how they think S.C.A.M.P.E.R. might be effectively used for other problems.

Reflection: Choose a S.C.A.M.P.E.R. solution to help manage time for Q2 on your quadrant.  Develop a daily calendar for a week that reflects your plan.  Did it work?

Activity Sheet 1

S.C.A.M.P.E.R. is a problem solving technique that helps work through stressors by identifying situations that are generated by asking specific questions about the problem. Each letter in S.C.A.M.P.E.R. represents a strategy for changing a situation or problem. The idea is to consider many different possible!

For instance if you are overscheduled or have too much on your plate you can experiment by coming up with solutions based on the following:

S ... Substitute (What similarities exist; what could be substituted for one of the activities that you have on your plate that will cause less stress?)

C ... Combine (Might something be combined or brought together to lessen your responsibilities and find you more time?)

A ... Adjust or adapt (What changes or adjustment can be made to your daily schedule to provide you with more time?)

M ... Magnify, Minify, Modify (What could happen if you could change the situation to match these conditions?)

P ... Put to other uses (In what other ways might parts be used? Could your paper in one class be expanded to meet the requirements of another?)

E ... Eliminate, Elaborate (What could be removed or enhanced? Could you eliminate an extra-curricular activity especially one that causes undo stress or takes time?)

R ... Reverse, rearrange (What effects would come from changing the sequence?)









Put to other uses










Chapter 4:
S.C.A.M.P.E.R.? Activity Sheet 2

Problem Statement











Adjust or Adapt




Magnify, Minify, Modify




Put to other uses




Eliminate, Elaborate




Reverse, Rearrange




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