Possibility Thinking

October 17, 2013

Possibility thinking, or “what if” thinking, is arguably the core of creativity in education. As we learn about life with children, and as they learn about life in general, encouraging possibility thinking in our homes by entertaining “what ifs” for awhile or posing “what ifs” and allowing them to permeate our minds often can be an easy way to boost our families’ creative quotients.
This week, try noticing when your child is engaging in possibility thinking and engage with him or her for awhile before playing “gatekeeper” or “yeah, but-ing.” If your child is a natural yeah, but-er (the world needs those, too!), try helping him/her to begin to engage in possibility thinking. ┬áBut watch out! Your children may even enjoy helping you with possibility thinking when you’re feeling stuck!

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