- 6 Degrees of Possibilities
Submission for No Right Brain Left Behind - Innovation Challenge
- Excerpt:We no longer lose ourselves in a set of encyclopedias, exploring knowledge and making surprising discoveries. Let’s create classroom worksheet for teachers that fosters a sense exploration and creative thinking in students. Making a subject interesting and memorable, makes it easier to understand and reinforces creative analytical thinking.Description:We learn and remember best when we can make the information relate to ourselves. We understand the information better when we see how it could relate beyond the classroom – to our street, our community, city and beyond. How do we create the opportunity for sparks of A-HA! or intense creative questioning and discovery? These opportunities need to be re-woven into the daily school program, allowing students to see creative connections in everyday life, and how it’s all around us.Solution:
An open-source worksheet template that would live on the web.
This worksheet will ask students to creatively examine/explore a specific subject.
- Teachers will input:
- subject/idea for students to explore
- supplementary information relevant to the subject
- “6 degrees” students are to examine and explore
- Examples of “6 degrees”
(it = subject being taught)
- How is it relevant to you?
- How is it relevant to your city?
- How could it influence a sports game?
- How often do you see it in a day?
- How could it be important to you 10 years in the future?
- How could it affect how you get to school?
- How could it affect a newspaper?
- How could it be useful in a trip around the world?
*The idea is to get students and teachers thinking outside of the box & outside the classroom about the subjects they are learning. Putting 2 seemingly dissimilar ideas together and searching for the connection…
How does geometry influence newspapers? How is geometry relevant to my city?
- The worksheets creatively educate in several different ways:- Teachers have the opportunity to expand their assumptions of a given subject – to think outside of the box.
- Students will be tasked to think creatively and explore an idea beyond the classroom setting.
- The class as a whole can learn from eachother’s responses thru classroom discussion – deepening their own understanding of the subject matter.
“What math means me to me, is something totally different than what math means to you.”