Dream, Imagine, Believe and Create

The human brain is a wonder thing. It starts working the moment you wake up in the morning and it stops for most students when they arrive at school. To counteract this effect here are Five Ways to empower your students to think ‘creatively and imaginatively’.

First have student think ‘positively’ to help them realise their dreams. Next encourage original thought by allowing them to question and look at problems from different angles. Develop and enable critically thinking by beginning with the premise that there are always flaws in other people’s arguments. Next encourage students to think analytically, deconstruct and break it down into smaller elements. Finally and not least encourage them to ask questions – answer every question with a question (behind every question there is another question).

Dream – If you can dream, you can do it. Walt Disney
Imagine – As we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
Believe – Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
Create -The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking

First have student think ‘positively’ to help them realise their dreams. Next encourage original thought by allowing them to question and look at problems from different angles. Develop and enable critically thinking by beginning with the premise that there are always flaws in other people’s arguments. Next encourage students to think analytically, deconstruct and break it down into smaller elements. Finally and not least encourage them to ask questions – answer every question with a question (behind every question there is another question).

Dream – If you can dream, you can do it. Walt Disney
Imagine – As we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein
Believe – Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
Create -The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker

Educationalists need to become more innovative when challenging and motivating the ‘Digital Generation’. An Exploratory Learning Environment that encourages unconventional behaviour and thoughts must be nurtured. Unusual ideas need to be accepted and judgement suspended so that students do not feel intimidated when airing their views.

George Bernard Shaw once said,’Those who can do, and Those who can’t teach’. I always feel that is a bit unfair on my teaching profession, but some teaching styles are to blame for this. However, if teachers enable an Exploratory Learning Environment (ELE), the teacher becomes the facilitator and this encourages learners to explore and experiment to uncover relationships and to make meaning based on an understanding of their own reality. Students are immersed in a learning context and explore, investigate, interpret and explain in light of their own preconceptions, motivations, experiences and expectations.

The Inquisitors were the first to formalise the idea that to every question there is a right answer. The answer is known, but the question must be asked and correctly answered. Relativism, humanism, common sense and moral beliefs were all irrelevant to this process because they assume doubt. (Saul, 1993:41)

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking

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