Creative Thinking Skills
- generating ideas that are novel, original and significant to the "generator" and/or to others
- skills of flexibility, originality, fluency, elaboration, brainstorming, modification, imagery, associative thinking, attribute listing, metaphorical thinking
- judging how worthy of belief or action an idea is based on available reasons and evidence
- comparing, parts-whole thinking, classifying, sequencing, ranking, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, decision making and critiquing
HABITS OF MIND FOR SKILLFUL THINKING
UNDERSTANDING HABITS OF MIND
- habits of mind have a performance (ability) and a dispositional (habitual) components
- each habits of mind manifests itself in specific sorts of behavior
- teach students directly what behavior is involved in each habit of mind and prompt them to engage in this behavior on specific occasions
- help students value that behavior, identify circumstances in which that behavior is appropriate and practice engaging in that behavior in such circumstances
- what kind of habit of mind did we just do?
- how did we do this kind of habits of mind?
- was this a good way to do it? why?
- how could you do it next time it is called for?