ACTIVITY: PROBLEMS WITH RIVERS
A PNI is a unique way of looking at an idea, problem, solution or scenario. The “P” is the Positive side of the idea, problem, solution or scenario; the “N” is the Negative side, and the “I” is the Interesting or unique side.
PNIs help you develop a different perspective which can lead to more careful analysis. It also allows you to have an opportunity to look at both “sides” of an idea before criticizing or pronouncing a judgment.
Students should list in the PNI chart all of the positive, negative, and Interesting aspects of the situation. They need to examine all the aspects before making a decision about the situation or problem.
Let's analyze the following situation. A few positive, negative and interesting ideas are listed below; however, you will come up with others. Write the ideas in the appropriate part of the PNI chart.
Situation: Boaters must wear a life jacket while on the Tangipahoa River.
Now let's practice on this idea:
Situation: People who “tube” on the Tangipahoa River should pay a small charge for using the river, perhaps $1.00 toward the cost of picking up trash.
Using the ideas presented here, complete a PNI for each idea.
In order to successfully complete a PNI, students may have to investigate topics such as: hazardous wastes, boat building, land development, land conservation, or nature preserves.
Can you think of other ideas, problems or issues to analyze??