I was just listening to the “School Sucks Podcast” Episode #418 about promoting divergent thinking this morning. He spoke for a moment about some things he would do in his math class when he was teaching, to encourage his students to get creative and drop their guard, open up. I thought I’d look into it a bit, wondering if I could use some of these games and puzzles in my homeschool drama club, and in my personal life as well. While I was searching I did find that many of the games that encourage “out of the box” thinking sound a lot like drama club activities. The funny thing is, in my class I have a hard time getting these guys to think IN the box! Homeschooled kids of various ages ranging from four to thirteen can be pretty darn creative and free in their speech and thinking. I’m trying to guide them into something I’m looking for and these guys just keep creating. Maybe I’m going about it wrong. Maybe we should be giving them a chance to see where they go with some of these things. I’ll have to work on that.
On the topic of drama club, I’m having a hard time getting the kids to work together, build off of each other. I’ve found some games that emphasize that and we started working on them this week. The fun part of all this is that I’m learning so much right along with them! Hopefully we can get this herd of cats to run together in the same direction!
Now what was I originally writing about? Oh yes! Divergent thinking. He talked about ideas and collecting them no matter how far fetched and irrational they are. I’m going to try that. I’m going to start writing down a few ideas every day, things like “Walk as far as I can in a day and see how far I can get.” I’ll keep that book and look through it and see if anything workable comes up over the years. It sounds like fun. I told my sons about this idea and they said I already have too many journals and notebooks. I told them them that is not possible!