Did You Do It With 3 Lines? Connect the Dots Part 3

Well, I think I have learned that the beginning of the week for creative genius practice is too busy for me. So I am going to shoot for the middle of the week.

Divergent Thinking of 3 Lines

So how did you do on the last problem?

Did you get all 9 dots lined up with only 3 lines?

I hope you did! If not, here is an idea to help you.

I gave you a clue: Use your TAN lines. TAN being all capitalized….for “tangent”. If you look below, the 3 lines become tangent lines for 2 out of 3 circles in each row.

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The lines do meet together, I just didn’t have enough room in my graphic editor. Oh well.

 

Divergent Thinking of 1 Line

 

Now we get to try this with one line.

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Notice: The instructions are a bit different so you have even more freedom to be creative with the solution.

What would you do? Leave your possible solutions in the comments below.

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Creative Genius Tuesday? — Connect the Dots Part 2

This late creative genius post is brought to you by the flu. My daughter is currently in the trenches and it started yesterday. Our family has been sick since Dec 26th. It has been a veritable blitzkrieg of  disease on our house. But now to the main issue:

Connecting the Dots

In the last creative genius post, you were supposed to connect a matrix of dots with just 4 straight lines without lifting your pencil. Now, there are many different ways to accomplish this but here is the most famous one:

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 To think outside of the box on this one, you have to realize…there is no spoon…I mean box. A lot of people will automatically assume they cannot go outside of the boarders that are artificially created by the rows and columns of the dots. So this brings us to our new one: Continue reading

Creative Genius Monday — Connect the Dots, La La La La….

I hope you guys had fun making your character profiles from last week! If you made them, I’d love to read them and see a picture ( if you drew it). You can go the post here and leave a comment.

Divergent Thinking

Divergent thinking is becoming  more important in the worlds of business, employment, and education. Traditional schools concentrate, enforce, and encourage convergent thinking. Convergent thinking is taking a problem, using resources, skills, and other attributes and arriving at a single conclusion or solution to the problem.

Now, this is fine and a wonderful skill to have. However, not everything has one solution. Some may have 2 or 50. The solution you came up with is, most likely, a good one but perhaps not the best one.

I see this all the time with my students.

When my students play piano or do something musical, they will look for one way to do something. It may be a good way to do something, it may not. When they are asked to find another solution or do it another way…..they shut down.

I got it right so I should be done

No, you got it good…but it could be better. What else could you do?

SHUTDOWN

I can almost hear a robotic power down of their brain.

They have had too much training in convergent thinking. One problem, one solution….is the mantra.

Later in life, their boss will want some divergent ways to market a product, increase sales, or find ways to cut expenses. There won’t be just one answer. This will require out of the box, divergent, creative thinking. So to encourage you here is a classic “problem” in out of the box thinking:

Divergent Thinking Exercise:

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Connect all of the dots in the grid. Use just 4 lines but you can’t lift your pencil. So the lines will be connected and straight.

This is a classic and you may already see a solution. This is just to get your brain primed. We will see more of this grid and it will get even more challenging.

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Creative Genius Monday – Develop Your Character

I almost didn’t get this posted! I have  some cool ideas I wanted to implement at the beginning of the new year but disease has hit our household. I have been out since Christmas! Hope all is well with all of you. In this post, we have another creative prompt. I also review the last prompt about paperclips.  So here goes:

Use Your Creative Genius and Pick Your Character

Develop a character profile/narrative (Back story, environment, abilities, etc) based on one of these character names:

  • Jugglesthorn
  • Grimmfoot
  • Walbox

character narrative

Be inspired by these names, close your eyes, picture your character and begin to write. This is truly a creative writing prompt. This is a great exercise for students and adults alike to get the creative juices flowing around in the brain. Continue reading

Be Radical in Your Learning

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Meet Sergio and Paloma. Sergio is a teacher in northern Mexico right up against the border. Paloma joined his class when he decided things needed to change and apparently the students of his class became amazing thinkers and learners after his changes. But what did he do?

I received a Facebook notification from my mom-in-law alerting me to an article in which the headline reads: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

So without hesitation I opened my browser and read the contents. Even though the writer proposes that he has discovered a trend in education that is radical and may make you a genius, it seems that education, research, psychology, and technology are finally catching up to a form of unschooling.  Sergio didn’t completely convert to the unschooling school of thinking (is that sacrilege?) but used a lot of principles of allowing kids natural curiosity and motivation to guide their learning.

I like divergent methods of education. This article describes several places in the world where self-taught, self-motivated, and self-structured education is occurring and the amazing results. Some of it is unschooling with a high degree of technology involved (internet). However, this method is not limited to technology because it is being implemented in some of the poorest communities in the world with great success.

Now I will admit, I am not completely comfortable with unschooling because I think kids are like electricity or water: they will follow the path of least resistance. Therefore, if they don’t have to study it or if it is too hard, they will forget it. So I think some structure is good but perhaps structuring learning with greater input from the learner will have greater affect on their learning. The article then continues to talk about major players around the world using and testing this method of education.

I took two things away from the article:

1. Freedom and creativity at a young age inspires and leads to genius thinking (read the story of Einstein and Google execs in the article)

2. Greater learning occurs when the learner has the most control.

I learned a method to implement #2 which I will talk about in my next post

 

What do you think of the article?

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Secret Traveler Destination #2

For Your Eyes Only:

Dear Agent~

Hopefully you’ve had a few days rest because we are going to ask a lot from you. Your current car won’t cut it where we are sending you. Ditch it and get yourself an off-road vehicle or you can keep your car and take 37 most of the way to your destination. Either way, you are eventually going to go on rough roads.

Destination #2-1 Continue reading

This is an unusual brain post…

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Good morning. I have gathered all of you here this morning for this brain teaser. Enjoy.

“My quiz for this day is most unusual. As is the paragraph. What is so unusual about it? If you look hard, you should find what is unusual without too much difficulty. Try hard to spot it. How long did you think about it?”

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