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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED

30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it

"When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later."


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Why is divergent thinking important in education, and how can we inspire our students to become divergent thinkers? This post explores this idea, beginning with a definition of divergent thinking and providing a look at current research on divergent thinking.

Did you know that divergent thinking "stems from logical, unbiased thinking" or that divergent thinking "leads to positive mood swings while convergent thinking leads to negative mood swings." After this discussion (and there is much more in the post) you will find 30 tips on how to teach your students to become divergent thinkers. A few of the tips are below.

* Fast, frequent failures (with the suggestion that students quickly lay out all possible solutions). Identifying mistakes helps to lead to the students to the correct solution.

* Google - Today students like to Google the answer...but what if you create questions that require deeper thinking, where Google will not supply an answer quickly.

Many more ideas are available in the post. Click through to read more.

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10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom

10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
It is pretty much a given these days that students have mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers. Leveraging what your students already have and already know how to use is a smart idea – even if you aren’t implementing a full-on BYOD classroom environment. There are probably hundreds of ways, if not more, to have students …

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Critical Thinking

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Chelsea Higgins is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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21st century - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

21st century - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 21st century is the current century of the Anno Domini era or the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It began on January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100. It is the first century of the 3rd millennium.

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Business leader funds $100,000 teaching award, book sales cover first Shaw Scholarship for 2015 - Education - Crestview News Bulletin

Business leader funds $100,000 teaching award, book sales cover first Shaw Scholarship for 2015 - Education - Crestview News Bulletin | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
CRESTVIEW — Before he modestly accepted the key to the city from Mayor David Cadle, business leader Paul Hsu had already found another way to give back to the community he calls home.
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Brain finds true beauty in maths

Brain finds true beauty in maths | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
Brain scans show a complex string of numbers and letters in mathematical formulae can evoke the same sense of beauty as artistic masterpieces and music from the greatest composers. (Mathematics: Why the brain sees math as beauty.
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These drawings tell us a lot about children’s attitudes to technology

These drawings tell us a lot about children’s attitudes to technology | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
How can we deal with the growing problem of waste and pollution? That’s the question that research firm Latitude asked 270 children aged 8 to 13.

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The parents’ guide to educational iPad games

The parents’ guide to educational iPad games | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
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Ontario teachers to receive three-quarters of pay in case of strike

Ontario teachers to receive three-quarters of pay in case of strike | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
The strike pay terms will enable the OSSTF to ‘negotiate from a position of strength,’ according to a memo obtained by The Globe (#Solidarity in job action! Creative!
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5 Important Things To Teach Students About The Brain - Edudemic

5 Important Things To Teach Students About The Brain - Edudemic | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
We’re all used to the term ‘21st century’ popping up in education articles, social media, and even in school staff rooms. It’s become normal to refer to yourself as a 21st century teacher, teaching in a 21st century classroom, using 21st century teaching methods that are centered on your 21st century students. While this popular …

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The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling - Technology Review

The Complex Mathematics of Robot Wrestling - Technology Review | Teaching and Learning of Mathematics | Scoop.it
When mathematicians simplify wrestling, they boil it down to one pendulum attempting to unbalance another. That's when things start to get really complex.
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