Bright Bird


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This was created by Brian Armour at Redlands College to teach students the principles behind the Big6 research process.

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Bright Bird

  1. 1. The Bright Bird A Problem-Solving Allegory <ul><li>Created by </li></ul><ul><li>Brian Armour </li></ul><ul><li>Redlands College, Qld </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Bright Bird A Problem-Solving Allegory <ul><li>Years ago, a pair of Bright Birds lived in the forest. You can see why they were called ‘Bright Birds’. </li></ul><ul><li>People came from afar just to catch a glimpse of them and tell the tale to their friends and family. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bright Bird’s Problem <ul><li>Sadly, the female Bright Bird crashed into a tree while hunting, and suffered brain damage. </li></ul><ul><li>She lost the instinct for making nests , and that’s a problem for a bird. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Happily, the news was not all bad. She could now think logically - like a human being. </li></ul><ul><li>So, in Spring, when it came time to make a nest, she tried the </li></ul><ul><li>Information Skills Process. </li></ul>But The Good News is ... 1. DEFINING 2. LOCATING 3. SELECTING 4. ORGANISING 5. PRESENTING 6. EVALUATING
  5. 5. <ul><li>DEFINING </li></ul><ul><li>She worked out the basic needs a nest should provide for. </li></ul>( Strong + Safe + Sheltered + Snug ) NEST = …Healthy Brood of Chicks Bright Bird thought deeply about the problem.
  6. 6. DEFINING <ul><li>… but how do you design a nest to satisfy these needs? </li></ul><ul><li>She thought, “Why not go and see how the other birds build their nests?” </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. LOCATING <ul><li>Bright Bird studied the crow’s nest. She noted the strong sticks placed high in a tree, away from ground-based predators. </li></ul><ul><li>But, how could the untidy bundle of sticks withstand strong winds? </li></ul>
  8. 8. LOCATING <ul><li>She liked the solid swallow’s nests made of mud. </li></ul><ul><li>But it was obvious the mud would dissolve if heavy rain fell on it. </li></ul>
  9. 9. LOCATING <ul><li>The busy weaver bird impressed her with its cleverly woven stalks of grass and </li></ul><ul><li>animal hair. </li></ul><ul><li>The nest looked soft and comfortable, yet tough. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 3. SELECTING <ul><li>Bright Bird inspected 10 types of birds’ nests in all, but she based her solution on the nests of the crow , the swallow and the weaver . </li></ul><ul><li>CROW’S NEST </li></ul><ul><li>High, away from predators </li></ul><ul><li>Strong sticks </li></ul><ul><li>Needs more careful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>construction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SWALLOW’S NEST </li></ul><ul><li>Firm mud </li></ul><ul><li>Needs shelter </li></ul><ul><li>WEAVER’S NEST </li></ul><ul><li>Soft & Snug </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly woven </li></ul><ul><li>Attached to branch </li></ul>
  11. 11. 4. ORGANISING <ul><li>She borrowed ideas from the crow, the swallow and the weaver and added her own ideas to make the finished product: </li></ul><ul><li>A NEST THAT SATISFIED HER NEEDS </li></ul>Sheltering Foliage Woven to branch Woven grass lining Mud holds sticks together High Branch
  12. 12. 5. PRESENTING <ul><li>To show others that she had borrowed some ideas, she added feathers from </li></ul><ul><li>a crow , </li></ul><ul><li>a swallow and </li></ul><ul><li>a weaver </li></ul><ul><li>to the nest. </li></ul>
  13. 13. 6. EVALUATING <ul><li>The nest finished, Bright Bird couldn’t wait to try it out. </li></ul><ul><li>She snuggled deep into its soft lining and felt safe and comfortable - just what her chicks would need! </li></ul>
  14. 14. EVALUATING <ul><li>She felt very satisfied with the nest and was proud of the thoughtful way she had gone about designing and making it. </li></ul><ul><li>She announced to her mate that all was ready for their family to be laid and raised. </li></ul>
  15. 15. SUCCESS! <ul><li>Now, there are many pairs of Bright Birds in the forest. </li></ul><ul><li>People are glad that the first mother was such a good solver of problems; for she had many successful broods of chicks. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Really ‘Bright’ Bird <ul><li>In fact, you could say that </li></ul><ul><li>the first female was a ‘bright‘ bird </li></ul><ul><li>in two ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Can you tell what these </li></ul><ul><li>two ways are? </li></ul><ul><li>THE END </li></ul><ul><li>Produced by Brian Armour of the Redlands Independent College </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgements: </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz for Big 6. </li></ul><ul><li>Corel for the clipart used in this production. </li></ul>