Teaching the Thinking that Counts – part two

Based on Robert Swartz’s editorials for ENIAC published in Madrid, Spain, September, 2015 – January, 20164. Can Creativity Be Taught? Inventions.A few years ago I visited a classroom in which the teacher of a group of 5 year olds had brought in a few medium and large empty cardboard boxes that the school had put ...

Visual Thinking

Garbiñe Larralde, who has a wonderful talent to express ideas visually, in a format that she calls "Visual Thinking", attended the three-part workshop series that we offer to teachers about how to bring TBL into their classrooms. And as she went through the workshops, she, of course, took notes and wrote what she was learning ...

A Critical Thinker’s Challenge

DisasterIn June of 1995 the roof of a five-storey department store, the Sampoong Department Store, in Seoul, Korea, collapsed, falling through all five floors in less than 20 seconds and killing over 500 shoppers and employees.Within a week the authorities had ascertained what caused the roof to collapse: an air conditioning unit weighing four times ...

Basing Good Learning on Good Thinking

I. In 1976, the Direction of My Professional Life Changed ForeverI was a full professor with tenure at the new Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts. I went there in 1972 as Philosophy Department chairman, redesigned the philosophy program to ground it more in important concepts that speak to the lives of our students. ...