I probably used fewer teacher worksheets in my 30+ years of teaching
than most teachers. I always felt that the best work, especially for
young children, was done on a blank page rather than on a template.
I was biased against coloring in sheets by my training which included
perspectives from some of the pioneers in early childhood education as
well as my (outside the university curriculum) reading of Rudolf
Brainstorming was a regular activity in my
classroom, even with 5 to 7 year olds. It never ceased to amaze me how
they could come out with such ideas and insights. Often you’d also get
an insight into their family values and conversations too!
This teacher worksheet is borrowed directly from the
School of Thinking
which provides a comprehensive, free course in lateral thinking via
email and web feedback. You’ll laugh at the simplicity of the format
but give it a try. This is a tool for generating better ideas and I’ve
used it effectively with classes from grade one to six, as well as for
my own purposes.
It is becoming increasingly important for us to
think outside the square and to teach our children to. Actually,
children naturally think and perceive in a multi-dimensional way and
it’s our societies that put them in a box in the first few years of