Today we started with the quote “I think, therefore I am” said by Rene Descartes, a French mathematician, scientist and philosopher, in 1637.
We talked about what the quote means and how does it relate to our lives today.
Next we defined the meaning of the verb to think : to believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists, that something will happen : to have an opinion about something or someone : to use your mind to understand or decide something : to have thoughts about possibly doing (something) : to remember something.
We discussed uses of thinking – to process information; to solve problems; to make decisions; to create new ideas; to organize information; to ask questions; to make connections; to make plans; and to decide what to do.
And we discussed different types of thinking – logical, analytical, fact based, detail oriented, organized to creative, emotional, impulsive, abstract, visual, innovative, and intuitive.
We discussed the many uses of the simple paper clip , using divergent thinking and did the same with an ordinary cardboard box.
We came up with some pretty innovative and interesting uses of these two items.
Next we watched this short video about a young boy who uses a cardboard box in lots of different ways, but, really treats the box like a friend and member of the family. Watch it here :
We discussed all the many, many different uses of the cardboard box, and saw him using extreme divergent thinking. We talked about his attachment to the box, and his reaction at the end.
So, speaking of boxes, how about “thinking outside the box” , where your thoughts are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition, and you have ideas that are creative and unusual.We challenged ourselves to think outside the box, by solving certain problems, and sharing our thoughts.
We also did some puzzles, including the nine dot puzzle, where the goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once. Here’s the puzzle with two solutions:
Great work on thinking!! (especially outside the box!!!)
Words of the day
emulate (verb) : to try to be like (someone or something you admire) She grew up emulating her parents.
look you best (idiom) : to look very good : to look as attractive and pleasant as possible Try to look your best when you go for that job interview next week.
peppy (adjective) : full of energy or enthusiasm At 80 years old, he is as peppy as ever!
Remember to relax and practice!