Cacophony of thoughts that clash Ridiculously and haphazardly together Ever bearing the Abnormal to light in this world. Thinking capacity that traverses Indefinitely in a realm that is Vital and vivacious. Increasingly embracing notions That are not a part of the typical environment Yet give birth to the most fantastic of designs and creations. -Claudia Dalessio-Skare
Higher Order Thinking Skills
The Common Core asks us to delve into higher order thinking skills. Some ways in which to remain on top of your “A” game in this regard are to think outside of the box and the best ways to do this are to keep the following in mind:
1. Creative Problem Solving: *Problem finding , *Solution finding, *Fact finding , *and Idea finding
2. Critical Thinking: *Classification (Categorization), *Judging (Analyzing), *Asking for clarification (Focusing on particulars), *Attribute listing (Comparing), *Synthesizing (Extrapolating ), *Scanning for “big picture” (Understanding main points, themes and sequences), *Contrasting (Flow Charting ), *Recognizing bias (Decision-making), *Analogies (Inferences), *Moral reasoning (Conflict resolution ), *Separating relevant from irrelevant, *Establishing criteria (Inductive reasoning ), *Listening critically (Observing), *Deductive reasoning (Prioritizing), *Perceiving (Noting details), *Justifying , *and Evaluating speaker’s point of view
ABSTRACT CONCEPTS: While reading literature we will ask students to think in a more in-depth manner than they are accustomed to. We will focus on abstract concepts within our studies: *Patterns, *Relationships, *Structure, *Power, *Systems, *Revolution, *Conflict, *Perception/Perspective, *Change, *Tradition, *Communication, *Survival, *Order, *Chaos *Migration, *Origins, *Exploration, *Extinction, *Adaptation, *Justice, *Rights, *Interdependence
“Creative power is the ability to visualize, to foresee, and to generate ideas.” -Osborne
The Four Basic Creative Thinking Skills *Fluency producing a large number of ideas or responses.
*Flexibility: changing one’s way of thinking by producing alternative ideas or categories.
*Elaboration: expanding on a single idea by adding details, making changes, or making ideas more interesting or complex.
*Originality: producing unique or novel ideas and responses that are new to one-self.