creative people are good at uncovering and pursuing worthwhile questions
A core approach is to use questioning techniques and challenge assumptions.
- Encourage students to wonder out loud (eg. ‘Why are we doing this?’ ‘How does this link to what we did last week?’)
- Wicked questions – ask questions which have no easy answer and no right or wrong answer either but require critical thinking (eg. ‘Is it okay to bully a bully?’ ‘Is it good people are living longer?’)
- Encourage rational and reasonable dialogue not to win the argument but create clear and more accurate arguments. Encourage boys to create their own philosophical ideas and explore them as a group in the classroom. (eg. They choose a philosopher and debate ideas with those of another thinker, as presented by another boy).
(from Teaching Creative Thinking (2017) by Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer)