When I taught at a local private school, I would give my students a handout. The purpose of the handout was to help them with their assignment schedules.
It wasn’t that my students couldn’t think for themselves. They were just immature in their thinking abilities.
Let’s face it. Sometimes we all get stuck. When we are headed toward a deadline, we may get confused and panic which reduces our ability to think clearly. That happens with our students also.
So, to help with this, I would like to share some of the ideas I passed on to my students. Maybe they will help you in your schooling activities.
- Make a mental picture of the information. Create a mental picture in your mind. If necessary, draw a picture on paper.
- How does this relate to what I already know? Relate the problem to something you are already familiar with or to something you have already experienced.
- Think out loud. Sometimes it helps to talk out loud to yourself or to someone else. Saying your thoughts out loud helps you to think things through, make wise decisions, plans, etc. Plans will come together. Ask yourself if this answer makes sense. Is this a good idea or not?
- Make a chart or a graph. Make diagrams, lists, etc.
- Brainstorm. On projects, seek out as many possibilities as you can before you make a decision. Then follow through with your decision.
- Ask a lot of questions. Ask yourself questions. Ask others questions. Do you still think your plan will work? Is it a good idea? Can it be implemented? Do you have enough information? Your first idea may not work. Don’t give up. Keep at it.
I’ll continue this on the next post. Hope the thought processes discussed thus far will give you direction when you face that next difficult assignment.