Lateral thinking is a manner of resolving problems using an indirect and creative approach via thinking that is not instantaneously noticeable. It involves ideas that may not be reachable using only conventional step-by-step logic. The term was promulgated by Edward de Bono in 1967. According to Mr Bono, “Lateral Thinking is a set of processes that provides a deliberate, systematic way of thinking creatively that results in innovative thinking in a repeatable manner.” He further says, “A person uses lateral thinking to move from one known idea to creating new ideas.” Our traditional education system educates children to memorise and replicate information. As a result, our children end up developing the habit of rote learning and lose out on creating skills like researching or analysing information. Hence, as parents, we should proactively encourage and support our children to develop skills and resources that can enrich their life.
Age 11 to 16 years.
Apprentice Level consists of the 28 lessons.
Overall Learning Outcome:
In this unit students will be introduced to the thinking tools and techniques which have proven to increase abilities in areas such as creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. As students move through the course mentor will introduce roleplay and different brain twister which are designed to cement these concepts into students’ mind. Group activities will allow further examination and class discussion of the emerging themes. Mentor will use; brain twisters, case studies, interactive discussions, application of principles to daily life, role play exercises. The classroom activities would provide the opportunity for formative assessment and feedback to support high achievement on the summative assessment.
The purpose of the module is for students to:
- Stimulate their thinking attitude: Looks at the students’ self-image as a thinker and at thinking skills in General. Setting the stage for students’ journey towards Effective Thinking.
- Analyse Plus, Minus and Interesting: Analysis a concept for Plus, Minus and Interesting points. This is a powerful tool for considering new ideas.
- Develop-Aims, Goals and Objectives: The examination of Aims, Goals and Objectives (AGO). An AGO is used to simplify thinking process.
- Respect other people’s opinions (OPO): Almost any thinking activity involves other people, the Other People’s Opinion tries to get the thinker inside the heads of those involved.
- Understand Priorities (UP): The UP provides a deliberate instruction to students to focus directly on priorities (in general or at a particular moment).
- Explore Substitutes: Possibilities and Choices (SPC)The SPC lesson involves looking for the Substitutes, Possibilities or Choices (whichever is appropriate) in that situation. Determining appropriate decision.
- S&O -Significance and Outcome: Helping students focus upon the significances that might arise from a decision, course of action or change of any sort over time period.
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