The Twelve Days of Endangered Animals Christmas Challenge – Day 3

On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.French Hens! The thoughts drift towards foxes and the story about the clever Fantastic Mr Fox.  Mr Fox lives with his wife and four children,who are always hungry. To feed his …

Learning Requires New Skills – Critical Thinking, Lat Jumping and Biomimicry

What do you think of the idea that students should be allowed to use the Internet in exams? We may be at a turning point for exams. At least high school examinations but I am sure that the changes will eventually spread to primary school. The idea that an examination should gauge whether a child …

Mind Mapping – Robots

"Robots are flexible, soft and they can smoothly move through the water!" Our image of robots are slowly changing, at least in laboratories around the world. A recent project at MIT tries to create a soft robotic fish that moves like a real fish. Jerky movements and a metallic frame are not the image of …

Critical Think Dive

"No way, that isn’t right!”This is similar to saying "Yes, I agree with everything you said!" The discussion and exploration of ideas ends now. Critical thinking often involves defending a point. Small and careful steps are characteristics of using a critical approach to thinking. Critical thinking is despite the word not a critical or negative type …

Design a New Toy

Why not make your own toys? Designing your own toys is a great way to integrate imagination and analytical thinking Toys should foster open-ended imagination and be the means for collaborating with friends and family, says Launchpad Toys’ Andy Russell. Design thinking is part of education today because it provides children with a motivating, engaging …

Think Dive into New Waters and Explore the World

Children play imaginatively. Exploring possibilities and testing to see what happens. Children pretend to be whales and dolphins. They test what happens when they are trying save a sand crab from the tide. They learn to test ideas and to imagine new possibilities. They are building a foundation for creative thinking. Researchers like Brian Sutton-Smith, …

Think Diving

It is hard to find any quotes or pictures of young children thinking.  The common picture of a thinker is often an old man with a frown upon his head. The famous statue, "The Thinker", by Auguste Rodin gives us another picture. Every muscle in the man’s body is engage in the thinking. Just like every …