Creative thinking is everywhere – from smart phones to photography – it’s our world and our future!
To insert a little thinking into an age old fairy tale, let’s find out how Cinderella might clean the fireplace.
Cinderella, the fireplace needs cleaning!
4 Steps to Creative Thinking
THE SITUATION Cinderella’s step-sisters want the filthy fireplace to look good – and fast!
THE QUESTION How many ways can Cindy get a clean-looking fireplace fast?
GUIDELINES Identify sensible answers and/or include fun/fantasy.
RESULTS As students share ideas, write the key words or icons on the board. (This gives them time to think of the next idea and honors their ideas.)
Sensible answers may include: – Use a big broom and a bucket of hot soapy water. – Get lots of rags and scrub!
Imaginative answers may include. – Ask the birds to go up the chimney with long pieces of cloth. – Use white paint to cover the dirt. – Hide the dirt with big flower pots and trailing vines.
NOTE At the end, compare the answers to the question. Some of these results work only if time is not a factor. By allowing fun answers, better sensible answers are found.
-Have the students write a story describing how Cinderella cleans the fireplace.
-Draw and label illustrations of the steps involved.
Other ideas for Creative Thinking.
Science. Identify ways water is used in our world. History. Find ways for Columbus to deal with a mutiny. Math. What happens if the measuring cups are the wrong sizes?
Real Life. Movies… shoes… vacations… all the many, varied and unusual options, please!
Remember. Use a clear question and set guidelines. Encourage students to use one answer to generate another – it’s called piggy backing.
Note. There will be laughter! – a sure sign that creative thinking is taking place. If only sensible answers are needed, remind them the answers must be useful. Silliness can get in the way. You decide.
Creative thinking enriches teaching lessons – they make a great review, support other thinking skills, and keep school interesting.
A REVIEW QUESTION. To review the students’ understanding of the Arctic, I asked – What are the many, varied, and unique ways the Arctic would change if the temperature went up ten degrees? They filled the board with answers!