Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A nuanced approach

Design, build, test, and then back to the drawing board. 

This New York Times Sunday Review article The Rise of the New Groupthink explores the currently popular notion that group work is essential for creative thinking.  Author Susan Cain argues that the most creative ideas sometimes come from solitary thinkers.  Can we find a balance of both in a classroom setting? 

Social connections motivate and add to learning's excitement, and to "Ah ha's!"  And great satisfaction can also come from working and re-working a problem on your own and finally solving it.  Cain says, "Our schools should teach children to work with others, but also to work on their own for sustained periods of time -  a more nuanced approach to creativity and learning."

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