Teaching Creativity and Thinking Tools
Erasmus+ course summary
Participants will become skilled in method of creatively confronting challenges for teaching and training creativity, and developing project mind-set, developed by Dimis Michaelides. They will be able to use this method by themselves or even learn others how to think more creatively with the help of I.D.E.A.S! 5 stage model for creatively confronting challenges.
"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.
Introduction to the team members and teamwork and the vision of our week together – 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: - 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 5: - 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.
- Key learning points, action plan, conclusion.
DAY 6: Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
Evaluation and farewell.
* Some changes in the programme are possible. The participants will receive the Informational Booklet a few weeks prior to the start of the course.