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Generating more than one option to meet a given set of criteria.
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What a few teachers have learned about moving students out of dualistic, right-wrong thinking.
Critical thinkers adjust their approach as the nature of the problem is revealed. Teaching students to "switch gears" can help them generate increasingly effective solutions.
Students can assume all problems have one "right" answer. This teacher confronts his students with the reality of their own divergent thinking, and only then asks them to synthesize a "best" answer.
Problem solving can leap too quickly to solution-finding, without enough attention paid to the nature of the problem. Here are some questions with which to slow things down.
Often used to describe any process of "coming up with ideas," brainstorming actually involves a specific set of discrete activities.
Brainstorming is only the first step to generating solutions: this method mines what has already been brainstormed to generate additional possibilities.