Teaching Creativity and Thinking Tools
Erasmus+ course summary
Participants will become skilled in variety of interesting thinking tools, namely PMI (plus, minus, interesting), CAF (consider all factors), C&S (consequences & sequel), AGO (aims, goals, objectives), FIP (first important priorities), etc. They will discuss how to lead thinking sessions, challenges and obstacles will be addressed. Furthermore, participants will raise awareness in principles of parallel and perceptual thinking. They will receive lesson plans to facilitate thinking lessons or organize thinking clubs at their school.
"Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities." – Edward de Bono
C - Confirmed
Teach with Variety of Thinking Tools.
We don't need teachers to give information. We need teachers who inspire critical, constructive and creative thinking.
DAY 1: Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.
DAY 2: Icebreakers, personal learning & action plan, introduction to thinking, a need for teaching creative and constructive thinking in schools, and also to adults in organisations, principles of parallel and perceptual thinking, demonstrations.
Treatment of ideas – with the basic de Bono thinking tool: PMI (plus, minus, interesting), process and principles of the tool.
Considering all the factors involved in the matter of our thinking not to forget something, overlook something, leave out something – with de Bono thinking tool: CAF (consider all factors), process and principles of the tool.
DAY 3: Practising PMI and CAF: with laying down Rules. Focus on consequences: C&S (consequences & sequel), process and principles of the tool. Focus on purpose: AGO (aims, goals, objectives), process and principles of the tool. First-hand experience with thinking tools in teaching. A session of decision making..
DAY 4: A session of planning. Focus on priorities – FIP (first important priorities), process and principles of the tool. Focus on alternatives – APC (alternatives, possibilities, choices), process and principles of the tool.
DAY 5: Looking at other people’s viewpoints: OPV (other people’s view), process and principles of the tool. Principles of Lateral Thinking.
CoRT 4 Tools: YES NO PO (provocative operation) – indication that we are operation outside the judgment system, process and principles of the tool. To use an idea creatively means to use it to develop some new ideas. The idea is used as a Stepping Stone to get new ideas, process and principles of the tool.
DAY 6: The Random Input technique involves the deliberate introduction of something that is unconnected with the situation, process and principles of the tool.
Concept Challenge involves looking at accepted ideas, things, that are taken for granted, adequate ways of doing things, and challenging them, process and principles of the tool.
Presentation of the project work.
DAY 7: Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.