Are you a learner or a teacher or are you running a company? No matter what you do, to think is to add brilliance to your life!
Research proves that certain types of thinking just plain make you a better all around success story! These five will put you on the path to better thinking.
Get the creative juices rolling. With this technique, you will be popping with new ideas and alternatives every time!
DECISION MAKING considers the impact as well as the questions to lead you to finding the best solution to your problem – whether shopping or taking a step into the future!
FORECASTING/PREDICTING isn’t fortune telling, but focus on the possible results and implications before you make a move OR figure out what went wrong from many angles, and you are doing what most people never learned.
Make that PLAN, and it reveals: specific steps, materials needed, and the research as well as the possible problems and solutions that may save you from disasters. New home? New step in life? Doing a project for work or school? Develop a plan first!
Analogies, metaphors, specifics or broad ideas – effective COMMUNICATION makes your point clear – and your voice heard.
Because it’s easier to introduce new ideas with familiar foundations, Cinderella of fairy tale renown will take you down the pathways to thinking. Decision making helps Cindy decide how to get to the ball. Predicting possible problems, she identifies the implications of a midnight curfew. Creative ideas help her to get her three sisters’ bossy work load done faster – and better. A plan helps her hide her glass slipper from her sisters. Communication makes her points with analogies and metaphors when she writes to her sisters back home.
For Cinderella’s detailed thinking techniques , go to http://www.trudicarter.com and click on Trudi Loves Teaching.
Be brilliant! Be a thinker!
This list of thinking skills is based on the teacher training program Talents Unlimited. I trained for them in the 1980’s while teaching in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. How I use them now is my own take on them as I blend in other teaching ideas.
Source: Talents Unlimited materials are based on extensive research to prove that using thinking skills to learn subject areas increases student achievement both in the classroom and in testing. To find out more about them, go here: eric.ed.gov and search Talents Unlimited.