Well, you use TAPS every second of the day. You use it in all subjects and work - everything in normal life and school! In school, you use it by figuring out problems: math, reading, writing!
The Learn to Reason with TAPS package includes everything you need to build critical thinking skills with any student.See Pricing
Talk Aloud Problem Solving (TAPS) is a strategy that promotes remarkably strong reasoning skills that can be used in any situation, both nonacademic and academic. This active approach to becoming a confident and able problem solver becomes a lifelong habit. With the materials provided here, the TAPS approach can be acquired systematically. The lessons provided are designed to establish two repertoires: a Problem Solver and an Active Listener. The Active Listener serves to keep the Problem Solver activated, following the process carefully and encouraging the reasoning process. The Problem Solver learns to break every problem situation into smaller manageable parts, carefully checking under the watchful eye of the Active Listener. Problems or instructions or real-world tasks that seem challenging become fun and engaging as solutions are reached!
Problem solving can be defined as a two-stage process. First there is an absence of a solution or answer to our problem, and second there is the enquiry that leads to the solution. The answer to the problem is not readily available nor is it immediately obvious what is to be done to get to the solution or answer. The process of finding the answer in these situations can be described as reasoning.
Reasoning involves inspecting the problem, determining what is required for the solution, and actively engaging with the material until the solution is reached. Such a process involves those activities where the reasoner learns specific talk aloud strategies to supplement content knowledge already in the reasoner’s repertoire. The reasoner engages in a self-dialogue that leads to the solution.
Instruction provided in this guide is intended to have learners identify the problem to solve, ask the “right questions,” classify examples and nonexamples of the critical attributes found in the performance of an expert reasoner and problem solver, and solve problems in both classroom and everyday activities. These important metacognitive skills allow learners to examine resources that lend themselves to effective peer tutoring or self-instructional repertoires required to truly be independent thinkers.