Today’s students are mired in survival thinking. Their thought lives revolve around dealing with immediate challenges and they’re burned out, overwhelmed, struggling to make ends meet, and constantly distracted by technology. And survival thinking isn’t just for students. If you ask yourself, “Am I doing my best, highest-quality thinking?” you might reasonably exclaim, “Who has time?”
Quality thinking is the ability to think clearly, deeply, and productively. It involves lower-order thinking, collaborative thinking, reflective thinking, higher-order thinking, and critical thinking. While it sounds complex there are easy ways to unlock more exploratory and expansive cognition.
In this session, originally presented at the ABMP School Forum in 2023, Anne Williams will help you shake off survival mode (at least for an hour) and use mental models to facilitate quality thinking. Our goal is to revitalize our thinking, our classrooms, and our schools.
Having completed this one-hour course, participants will be able to:
- Define the term, quality thinking.
- List the five components of quality thinking.
- Define the term, survival thinking.
- List three ways respondents in the Think Report described their survival thinking.
- Participate in a peer-activity or write a journal entry about the state of your thinking.
- List two lifestyle habits that improve cognitive processing.
- Define the term, mental model.
- Give one example of commonly applied mental models.
- Define the term, entropy.
- Outline the four-part process for resisting entropy.
- Apply the four-part process for resisting entropy to a process or lesson at your school that isn’t functioning effectively.
- Translate the Stoic saying, “premeditatio malorum.”
- Explain why reverse brainstorming is a form of inversion.
- Use reverse brainstorming to identify one practical way to address student survival thinking on campus.
Video Presentation: Watch a beautifully designed video presentation that covers the key components of the course content.
Text: Read the comprehensive course materials to deepen your understanding of important concepts.
Activity Worksheets: Download three activity worksheets that support your work as you apply what you’ve learned. Use the worksheets as models when designing similar activities for students.
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Category: Teacher Training
CE Hours: 1
CE Approvals: Approved by NCBTMB and most states. Approved in New York, and Florida. Please note this course is NOT approved by Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Subscription Period: Ongoing access.
After Purchase: This course is free but you must go through the purchase process to register (you will NOT need a credit card number). Once you “purchase” this course, you’ll log onto massagemastery.online with your email and password. The course will be waiting for you on your dashboard. Click the course access button and follow the directions.
Introduction: Examine the key findings of Lenovo’s 2022 Think Report and contemplate what they mean for your own thinking and you student’s thinking.
Quality Thinking Defined: Are you doing your best thinking? Explore the components of quality thinking as outlined by psychologists and educators.
Survival Thinking Defined: Lenovo’s Think Report suggests that people are focused on short-term, reactive thinking that gets them only to the next goalpost.
Activity: Download The State of Your Thinking worksheet to explore the ways that survival thinking manifests in your life. How much and in what ways does survival thinking impact the quality of your thought life?
Mental Models for Better Thinking: Mental models are thinking frameworks that help us interpret the world and understand the relationship of things. Learn to utilize the mental models of entropy and inversion for clear thinking and problem-solving related to your campus projects.
Activity: Download the Resisting Entropy worksheet and work alone or in a faculty group to apply the mental model of entropy to a campus or curriculum project.
An Activity to Address Student Survival Thinking: Download the Reverse Brainstorming worksheet and use it to explore the issue of student survival thinking. Use the activity to find practical ways to address student mental health on campus.
Course Closing and Final Examination: Return to Lenovo’s Think Report to examine how survey participants felt about quality thinking and the world. Pass the final examination composed of eight multiple-choice questions to obtain a certificate for CE reporting.