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