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Outside. The Box.

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Traditional thinking is all about “what is“. Future thinking will also need to be about “what can be“. (Edward de Bono)

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I wanted to share how I encouraged thinking outside the box with my students (ESL students).Maybe it will inspire some of you.

 

You need no technology. You need no big preparation ahead. Just a box and, some colored paper and some post-its. And, of course, engagement.

 

I made a simple box and placed inside the following:

“bias and prejudice”

“no challenge”

“safe steps”

“own experience”

“limited understanding”

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Kids were intrigued. “What is in the box?”…so I encouraged them, “Come, come closer and see for yourself”.

They began taking out and reading the cards. We had a discussion – kids connected the ideas with their own experience. Then I asked them, “What then should we place OUTISDE the box?”

 

The answers began pouring…as you can see. 

“trials”

“possibility”

“risks”

“open-mindedness”

“questions”

“wondering”

“curiosity”

“creative”

“new challenges”

“inquirer”

“change”

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Using student input is more powerful than you imagine. Those words were on our class wall and both students and I referred to them when things got complicated and when it was easier to give up. 

You can build on this lesson – now that we have tech tools, I would do it slightly different. Maybe use a powerful quote, video, use Scribblar or another application in the process. This is just a first step. The next is actually modellling creative thinking in the (almost every) lesson you teach. 

Thank you for reading!

*Photo credits: Joe-KS.com