Monday, December 3, 2012

“Divergent thinking and application” is an essential activity of S.Manoj Mukul.

Divergent thinking application by Manoj

“Divergent thinking and application is an essential activity of S.Manoj Mukul, a Trichy based school kid in Trichy. Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It is often used in conjunction with convergent thinking, which follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a "correct" solution. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn. After the process of divergent thinking has been completed, ideas and information are organized and structured using convergent thinking. Manoj’s mother being a school teacher does in revising his construction methods is to engage a two-step thought process known as “divergent thinking.” First, his mind flipped through his knowledge on the blocks. Activities which promote divergent thinking include creating lists of questions, setting aside time for thinking and meditation, subject mapping / "bubble mapping", keeping a journal, creating artwork, and free writing. In free writing, a person will focus on one particular topic and write non-stop about it for a short period of time, in a stream of consciousness fashion. Then it generated new ideas for how he might use them. Divergent thinking is key to problem solving and is the backbone of creativity understanding what is, and then imagining the possibilities of what could be. Divergent thinking is an essential part of everyday life. When a kid figures out that he can climb a strategically placed chair to reach, he has engaged in highly creative problem solving as the kids all have creative potential. The job as parents and teachers is to help kids fulfill it. This unique ability is one that will be crucial to the work of the future. Today's kids face a universe of rapidly evolving knowledge and far-reaching health and environmental challenges, scenarios that will require plenty of creative thinking. Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks and persistence That is what we can do to ensure our child gets it.-Govin

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