Inventors create and use cognitive strategies and tools to stay open, disrupt patterns, and find gaps.

Hana (teacher): What happens when we try scary things?

Lucas (age 5): You find out that things might not be scary anymore.

Children’ inventive thinking is supported when adults…

  • introduce and make visible concepts and strategies from different disciplines to support critical and creative thinking
  • invite children to invent their own conceptual tools or thinking strategies
  • make strategies children are developing in the classroom visible so they can be used by the community and further developed
  • create their own conceptual tools or thinking strategies that will support children’s thinking and metacognition

Teachers’ inventive thinking is supported when they…

  • engage in an ongoing practice of teacher-research
  • create planning tools that support them to facilitate children’s developing thinking
  • make learning visible through a practice of documentation
  • prepare the classroom environment based on their observations of children’s conceptual development and social relationships

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