Our session today focused on teaching students the SWOT analysis framework to assess real-world problems or situations, with the goal of developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Key Insights or Distinctions
- The SWOT analysis framework is a versatile tool for strategic planning and decision-making.
- Students worked in small groups to conduct a SWOT analysis on a real-life problem, such as a struggling local business or community issue.
- The exercise encouraged students to think outside the box and consider creative solutions by leveraging strengths and opportunities while mitigating weaknesses and threats.
- The session provided students with the opportunity to practice teamwork, presentation, and critical feedback skills.
- Students gained a deeper understanding of strategic thinking and the importance of assessing problems from multiple perspectives.
During the session, we presented a scenario in which the students had to use the SWOT analysis to determine the best course of action. We were thrilled to see the students engage with the exercise and develop some great insights.
Some of the strengths they identified included the experience and expertise of the team members, a good understanding of the market, and a strong brand reputation. Weaknesses included limited financial resources and a lack of diverse talent on the team. The students also identified several opportunities for growth, such as expanding into new markets, offering new products and services, and forming partnerships with other businesses. Finally, they discussed potential threats, such as increased competition, economic downturns, and changes in consumer preferences.
However, we also had an interesting discussion about the emerging trend of AI-based search engines like ChatGPT. We explored the capabilities of the AI by entering each student’s project into the system and generating a SWOT analysis report. The results were impressive and sparked further discussion about the potential benefits and limitations of using AI for problem-solving.
It’s important to note that while AI can provide valuable insights, it should not replace critical thinking and brainstorming processes. Instead, the information presented by the AI can be used to develop additional ideas and questions to deepen their analysis. Overall, we were impressed with the student’s critical thinking skills and ability to apply the SWOT analysis tool practically and explore the possibilities of AI-based problem-solving.
We hope they can use this knowledge and approach in future problem-solving situations.
If you want to join a discussion about this or any other high school education topic, we have a group on Facebook called “Alternatives to High School” and invite you to join. The goal of the group is to give parents a place to discuss options to public/private school and standardized curriculum as well as share resources for educating teens.