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Thinking about Thinking…. Notes on the process of how we think…. What is thinking? . Definition: The activity by which a person reorganizes past experience through the use of symbols and concepts. Symbol: Object/Activity that stands for something else. IE. “A for a good test”

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thinking about thinking

Thinking about Thinking…

Notes on the process of how we think…

what is thinking
What is thinking?
  • Definition:
    • The activity by which a person reorganizes past experience through the use of symbols and concepts.
  • Symbol: Object/Activity that stands for something else.
      • IE. “A for a good test”
  • Concept: Meaning attached to qualities/characteristics that different things have in common.
      • IE. We understand what a chair is by knowing the qualities that make a chair up
creative thinking
CREATIVE THINKING…
  • Creative Thinking sees humans come up with new and novel ways of reorganizing experiences…often to solve problems.
    • What develops creative thinking in humans? Examples or Strategies?
what encourages creative thinking
What encourages creative thinking??
  • 1. A rich stimulating environment:
    • Lots of stimulating experiences

- Toys - legos, litebrite, crayons, play-doh

- Travel

- Cultural experiences

  • 2. Encourage and reinforce creative thinking

- Learning through school projects

- Art on the fridge

  • 3. Limit structure and rules.
    • Allow the child freedom to be creative

-Lego explosions

- Let children paint/color---ask what they are creating

what encourages creative thinking1
What encourages creative thinking??
  • It is assumed that creative thinking ability is a predisposition. Certain humans inherit the tendency to be creative. Their environment nurtures that talent. Therefore, it is critical to nurture human creative abilities.
imagination
Imagination…
  • Imagination is a form of creative

thinking that may not necessarily linked to direct sense experience…thus less related to reality.

  • Eidetic Imagination: A form of imagination that is ultra-vivid. The created pattern approaches actual sense experience.
    • This is found in a minority of adults, but relatively common in children. It is assumed that increasing life experiences actually serve to dull/suppress imagination talent.
reasoning
Reasoning…
  • Reasoning is a form of problem solving thinking.

There are two types:

Inductive: A series of similar cases (experiences) are used to create an overall common concept about those cases.

IE 25 seniors in a class want “Feelings” as their

class song. You can inductively conclude that most seniors would desire “Feelings” as their class song.

Error? Not enough cases to warrant the conclusion.

Deductive: Applying an overall concept to a specific case.

IE Holmes and the barking dog story.

Error? A faulty conclusion to start with.

we think all of the time
We think all of the time…
  • We use our imagination, creativity skills, and problem solving skills all throughout our lives (however, many believe imagination wears over time and creativity is a disposition). If we did not have the ability to problem solve, our lives would be much more stressful and difficult…
    • Today we are going to go back to our childhood and practice our imagination and creativity skills!
    • Turn to page 6 in your packet to see your task!