2. Analyze the problem and gather information
3. Generate potential solutions
4. Select and test the solution
5. Analyze/Evaluate the results
Within these steps, you must implement your critical and creative thinking. Techniques or tools that will help within these steps are Brainstorming, Root Cause Analysis, Cause and Effect Diagrams, Pareto Charts, Flowcharting and Decision Matrix (NDT, 2001-2012). I have always been a fan of Brainstorming. I am sure that I will use this method in the classroom more often than the others. I always begin my research this way. I write the problem down and then just start listing possible ideas or solutions. Of course, I will also use Flowcharting. It is always a good idea to have a “map” of the steps in a process. It will help the kids visualize what needs to take place or could possibly take place. It helps give the kids a type of reference or guide.
Anaisa Cunha states in her article that many teachers, while using the brainstorming technique with their students cannot use it themselves to think of other possibilities and see things from different angles (2011). They don’t have the courage to abandon their mode of thinking in order to open up a whole new world of possibilities by thinking creatively. The videos we watched seemed to agree that everyone can learn to thinking creatively to problem solve. That the question should not be “Am I...