We are off and running in our Creative Thinking Circle! We had a fun and productive first day, and it was wonderful to see everyone together again at our new location.
The students worked together to build a definition of "thinking", and then we discussed (and drew) our initial ideas of what nurtures deep thinking and what hinders it. Both of these posters will remain in our classroom and we will add to them as the semester (and our ideas!) progress. The students then worked through a few introductory problems, individually and in pairs. I look forward to digging deeper into the problem sets with them next week.
Each student received a homework handout which they should complete by next week. There are only four problems, but they require some thought. I am less interested in having them get the problems "right" as I am in having them take the time to think through various solutions and play with the possibilities. Please encourage them to mull these over - I have explained to them that I would like to know their final answers as well as hear about the thought processes they used to come up with them.