18th last day: I’m really interested in finding ways of building divergent thinking in my students. I think it was on the Redesign My Brain series that someone said ‘at 5 years old, 80% of children have genius levels of divergent thinking; by 10 years old, they don’t’. (I should really look up the precise fact, but that was the general concept). Schools and teachers need to design activities, environments and dynamics that develop and encourage divergent thinking – it’s critical for all our futures.
Photo idea: teaching poetry writing has highlighted the different levels of divergent thinking ability in my students. Photograph incidents of great divergent thinking from students – create a file of different examples to help students who struggle with this, so they can visualise different strategies they could use.