Teaching Thinking For Effective Learning
We are living in an age of information explosion. No matter how hard we aspire to learn, we will never be able to master all the information that floods in every day. On the other hand, the fruits of education are really the thought processes which result from the study of a subject, and not the information itself. Hence, as teachers, your essential task is to help your students to acquire the ability to think critically, to solve problems wisely and to make appropriate decisions. Training in thinking can be made possible through all learning processes, either during lessons or outside the classroom, for all subjects. Objectives: * Learn major thinking process and types * Understand core thinking skills * Understand what creative thinking techniques are * Comprehend their importance in tackling global challenges as well as in everyday problem-solving scenarios * Apply different brainstorming techniques in group activities * Integrate thinking skills into the teaching programme * Be proficient in the application of the 6 thinking hats tool in different life scenarios * Develop a systematic approach to idea generation through the use of morphological analysis * Innovate on an existing product, service or situation applying the SCAMPER method * Get confident with the theory of inventive problem solving, called TRIZ * Select and apply the appropriate technique based on the opportunity to seize or the problem to tackle * Foster positive thinking climate in the classroom * Create an interactive learning environment * The programme can be designed according to the participant profile and group needs. * For groups of 10 teachers or more, we adapt the course content and approach to the training needs of your educational center and offer personalized training programme. Course Program: Day1 In the first module we focus on the basic principles of creativity and highlight its importance in tackling global challenges. Creativity is explored and applied at two different levels, lower and higher-level creativity. Throughout, we're aiming to provoke your thoughts and develop your creative mind through varied activities and interactions. Day2 We will look at how we can augment our creativity using different methods of Brainstorming, a creativity approach that aids the generation of ideas in solving a stated problem. We particularly focus on the application of brainstorming tools in group activities, with the aim of enabling you to understand, evaluate and apply different types of brainstorming techniques in your own context. Day3 You will become familiar with the Principles of Morphological Analysis and learn how to apply it in various life scenarios, from design to developing movie plot-lines, whilst developing a more systematic approach to idea generation. We will focus on the principles as well as application of the 6 Hats thinking tool both at an individual level and in a group, under various professional and personal situations, allowing you to develop competency and accelerate proficiency on the use of technique. Day4 We continue to enhance your fluency, flexibility and originality of idea generation by introducing you to another creativity tool called the theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ). We will particularly focus on application of TRIZ and the TRIZ Contradiction Matrix and how it can be used in problem, both at an individual and in group level. Day5 We will introduce you to the final creativity tool in the course and its importance in generation of ideas and improvement of the existing ones; SCAMPER. You will become familiar with the concepts of SCAMPER and gain proficiency in its application in various unusual, personal or professional situations, whilst inspiring related ideas.