A big question on many teacher’s minds, as well as parents and other educator’s, is how to engage children to learn and how we can better teach them to think for themselves and think about the world around them.

So often school is boring for kids. They use their number 2 pencils and fill in worksheet after worksheet, writing down what they are told to, memorizing math facts, and reading the same books that kids have read for generations.

So by the time these kids get to high school, their creative thinking skills are pretty low, they have been told for so long what to do and how to do it that they don’t have many problem-solving skills by the time they leave high school. In short, these kids don’t know how to integrate themselves into a world outside of school.

Integrative thinking is understanding that how you feel and what you think is just a small piece of a much larger puzzle. Say you have an argument on the playground with another child, neither one of you sees the others point of view and thinks that their opinion is the only right opinion. With this new thinking, the children learn that BOTH of their points of view matter and they can think of a positive solution to their problem without having to involve a teacher. Obviously there are will be times that an adult needs to be brought into the conversation for a good resolution, but if we can teach our kids integrative thinking at a young age, they will be much better problem solvers by the time they enter high school. For more tips, go to Align Local.

Integrative Thinking