Productive Thinking Skills
Renewed and sustained economic growth, the development of intellectual, creative, and social capital, and the well-being of all citizens means investing in high-quality learning the same way that previous generations invested in machines and raw materials. As we move toward a modern, post-industrial world, creativity, inventiveness, entrepreneurship, and concerns about social well-being will determine which nations initiate the ideas and provide the leadership for continued productivity, economic growth, and improved societal services for all of our citizens.
Researchers often consider how to develop creative environments through “person” (the characteristics and problem-solving styles of the people involved), “process” (the operations they perform), and “product” (the resultant outcomes). However, in education, in business, and indeed in all areas of human endeavour, the problem-solving environment is equally important. And there are tangible things than can be done to help establish an energizing, stimulating climate. The focus of this workshop is on nurturing productive thinking skills in schools, post-secondary institutions, and the workplace by setting a positive tone which builds trust and openness, challenge and motivation, autonomy, dynamism, playfulness and humour, and idea support.
Aims and Objectives:
The overall objective of this workshop is to introduce well developed productive thinking skills materials into the language arts, math, sciences, and social studies curriculum. The six areas of thinking skills that will be the focus will include, but not limited to, critical thinking; creative thinking; creative problem solving; future problem solving; communication; and, collaboration.
Remember that the recognition and identification of the real problem is at least half of the solution. This workshop will help you: Generate big ideas; use original thinking; release your creative potential; add value to your work.