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<ul><li><p>LETS THINK!! </p><p>An aid to creative thinking, taken from Tony Ryans 20 Thinkers Keys.</p></li><li><p>Key - DIFFERENT USES</p><p>Using imagination to list some widely different uses for a chosen object (from area of study).</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>The concept of recycling is an important one. This key is worth applying to many everyday (and often disposable) products.</p></li><li><p>Find 10 uses for old red plastic noses.</p></li><li><p>How many different uses can you think of for each of</p><p> a brick?</p><p> a paper plate?</p><p> a single sock?</p></li><li><p>Key - The ALTERNATIVE</p><p>List ways in which to complete a task without using the normal tools or implements.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Necessity is the mother of invention. Take away the normal tool and spark someinnovative solutions.</p></li><li><p>Give 3 ways to</p><p> read a book that is 100 metres away</p><p> keep your valuables safe without a locker</p><p> drink soup without a spoon</p></li><li><p>Work out 3 ways to clean your teeth without a toothbrushcook toast without a toasterpaint a chair without a paintbrushmow the lawn without a mower</p></li><li><p>Key VARIATIONS</p><p>This key employs a special group of words. Start each question with How many ways can you </p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Another one for expanding your thinking. Some very practical ideas often result from usage of this key.</p></li><li><p>How many ways can you:</p><p> paint a house?</p><p> wash an elephant?</p><p> make new friends?</p><p> turn a TV on?</p></li><li><p>Key - REVERSE</p><p>Place words such as cannot, never and not in sentences which are commonly displayed in a listing format.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Students are too often required to regurgitate endless lists of facts. Moving in the opposite direction still requires a sound knowledge base, but it forces students to think.</p></li><li><p> List things you cant put in water</p><p> List things you cannot measure with a ruler</p><p> List things you would not find in Scotland</p><p> List things you cannot do with a pencilCAN YOU:</p></li><li><p>Name 10 things that you could not clean.</p><p>List 5 sounds that you have never heard.</p><p>Name 10 things that you could not photograph.CAN YOU:</p></li><li><p>Key - The ALPHABET</p><p>Choose an object or general category of objects (possibly which features in the area of study) and compile alist of words from A to Z which have some relevance to the object/s. Then try to expand on some ideas which link with each of the words.</p><p>THE JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Using the alphabetical format clarifies students thinking. It is a sorting process which is made easier by considering one aspect at a time.</p></li><li><p>The Alphabet Key</p><p>Write an A-Z of</p><p>things in a school</p><p>means of transport</p><p>famous people</p><p>foods </p><p>sports</p></li><li><p>Key - BRAINSTORMINGState a problem which needs to be solved and brainstorm a list of solutions. Start the brainstorm statement with the words How to .....</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:Great for solutions to everyday problems. Make sure that the freedom offered within the rules is available to all participants.</p><p>THE RULES OF BRAINSTORMING:1. Think of as many ideas as you can; dont hesitate and consider the implications; simply write them down.2. Unusual or silly ideas are acceptable.3. Tagging onto other peoples ideas is encouraged.4. No criticism of any ideas is allowed.</p></li><li><p>Brainstorm as many ways you canto encourage people NOT to drive their cars to work.</p></li><li><p>Key - The QUESTIONStart with the answer, and try to list 5 questions which could be linked with that answer only.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:An excellent break from the pattern of the teacher asking all of the questions. Studentsstill need to demonstrate a solid knowledge base.</p></li><li><p>List five possible questions for which the answer is Midnight. </p></li><li><p>Key INTERPRETATION</p><p>Describe an unusual situation and then think of some different explanations for the existence of that situation.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Another innovative thinking exercise. Develops the ability to consider a wide range of consequences.</p></li><li><p>Give three possible reasons for each of these:</p><p> a boy is running away from a woman carrying her handbag your next door neighbour carries a dog lead when he has no dog a man is on a cliff waving his arms about frantically</p></li><li><p>Key - FORCED RELATIONSHIPSDevelop a solution to a problem by employing a number of dissimilar objects.For Years 3/4 - two objectsFor Years 5-7 three objects</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:The dimensions of problem-solving are expanded dramatically with this key. Never underestimate the importance of constantly developing alternative strategies.</p></li><li><p>Solve the problem of two friends arguing by using:DiceMarbles</p></li><li><p>Solve the problem of getting wet in the rain by using:A toilet rolla paper plateand</p></li><li><p>Solve the problem of being bored by using: A pencil andfive old compact discs</p></li><li><p>You need to retrieve your kite from a very tall tree without breaking it, by using only:</p><p>a packet of sweets</p><p>a hairbrush</p><p>a comic</p><p>How would you do this?</p></li><li><p>Key - The RIDICULOUS</p><p>Make a ridiculous statement that would be virtually impossible to implement, and then attempt to actually substantiate it.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>The expressions Its not possible and Thats ridiculous often prevent the development of many excellent ideas. Learn to break through them.</p></li><li><p>We would be better off if:</p><p> dogs could talk to us</p><p> school started at age 20</p><p> children taught each other</p><p>State how and why these ideas might work.</p></li><li><p>Key COMMONALITY</p><p>Decide upon 2 objects which would generally have nothing in common, and try to outline some points of commonality between them.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:</p><p>Another mind stretcher. Great for creative ideas as well as the development of unusual concepts.</p></li><li><p>What do the following have in common</p><p> a toilet and a car</p><p> a cat and a book</p><p> a flower and a packet of crisps</p></li><li><p>List as many things as you can thatAyers Rock and the Pacific Ocean have in common.</p></li><li><p>Key PREDICTION</p><p>Ask for a series of predictions in regard to a particular situation, product or set of circumstances.</p><p>JUSTIFICATION:Attempting to predict the future is not the timewaster that some would lead us to believe. The journey is always easier if you know where you are going.</p></li><li><p>Predict 5 present day household appliances which will be obsolete in 20 years time.Say why - and what, if anything, will replace them.</p></li><li><p>Predict the power source of the family car by the year 2020.</p></li><li><p>Make some predictions about</p><p>what school will be like in 100 years time;</p><p>what you will be like aged 50;</p><p>how we will travel in the year 2100.</p></li></ul>