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Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking

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Patrick Alles

on 22 August 2011

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Transcript of Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking

Who is smart? What do we value in an education? •A barrel
•A paper clip
•A tin of polish
•A brick
•A blanket Bellwork: Below are five everyday objects. On a seperate piece of paper, write down as many uses as you can for each object. Be creative, and don't be afraid to think outside the box! Video goes here Who was "smarter"? What did the two characters seem to value in an education? In 1967 a researcher named Liam Hudson studied academic ability in english schoolboys. One student, named Florence, was a genius. He had one of the highest IQ's in his school. Another student, named Poole, often struggled to do well in school... Hudson gave both of them this test:

Write down as many different uses that you can for the following object: A brick Florence wrote: Building things
throwing Just some of what Poole said:

A paper weight
A smasher for empty Coca Cola bottles
A stool
Crumble into chalk to write with
A weapon
A door prop
To help hold a house together
... Convergent thinking: Bringing many facts together to form one solution to a problem Divergent thinking: Describing many solutions to the same problem. What Do I want From My Education? Think - Pair - Share The Information Age:

Technology makes facts accessible
More and more information can be processed quickly
More and more information can be learned quickly Thinking outside the box:

Creativity is needed to find applications for all this information
Problem solving is one of the most important skills you can learn
School is not about just learning facts, it's about learning how to think! More than one type of "smart":
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