Food for thought...
I really enjoy learning about the brain and thinking about the most appropriate strategies to adopt in order to give everyone the best opportunities to use their brains to good effect.
In September we are introducing a whole school creative thinking programme that is inspired, at least in part, by the type of thinking explained by Ian Gilbert in his two books: Essential motivation in the classroom and Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got google?.
He explains that a brain exposed to a wide range of different experiences is a likely to be a creative one. Try to give your brain a workout at least once a week says Ian whether that be reading something more challenging than you would usually choose or trying a different argument or tv programme.
He also recommends children trying new foods or smells. I felt quite pleased when I read that – finally an aspect of child rearing that I was getting right. My children have recently been following a lengthy programme of trying new food. This was precipitated by a bad-tempered march around Dover on a cold wet night looking for a restaurant that served something that all three children would eat and that didn’t feature golden arches. In desperation I came up with a plan which would incorporate a carrot (in the form of guinea pigs) and something of a challenge in the form of as yet untried food. So the challenge is for the children to try a certain number of new foods and thus earn the prize – guinea pigs as pets. And an added benefit, according to Ian Gilbert, is that this will boost their creativity. “Result!”, as child number two would say.
And as for school, we have been seeking in assembly to introduce unusual ideas into the girls’ lives and to ask them to think about subjects which wouldn’t usually interest them. So it was that last term saw TED talks on tying one’s shoelaces (yes, we’ve apparently all been doing it incorrectly), trying new things for 30 days and telling a story using emoticons while an assembly featured the latest research on why people cheat and asked the girls to consider the nature of honesty.
Our new creative thinking programme will offer courses as diverse as biblical Hebrew, cryptic crosswords and French poetry so I shall look forward to an outbreak of spontaneous creativity as all our brains embark on a workout.
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