Enquiry Learning – Raising the Next Generation of Problem Solvers

There is a subject at school that the kids do which is called “enquiry learning”. It’s another term I’ve heard floating around but never deeply understood what it meant in the context of learning at school. Sure, I understand what “enquiry” means – it’s asking questions. It conjures the image of a science class whereContinue reading “Enquiry Learning – Raising the Next Generation of Problem Solvers”

The Keys to Unlocking Students’ Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most challenging aspects of education is that we cannot predict what the world will be like when our children grown up. The best skill we can equip them with is the ability to handle change. That, and the ability to solve problems. No matter how the world changes, I think we canContinue reading “The Keys to Unlocking Students’ Problem-Solving Skills”

Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

Knowing how to think is not a given. Children need to be taught how to think critically, logically and with reason. This is because being intelligent and knowing how to think are not the same thing. The problem is called dysrationalia – the inability to think and behave rationally despite having adequate intelligence. Why isContinue reading “Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills”

Apps for Developing Logical Deduction, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

I like apps that require the boys to think creatively for solutions to win the game. Here are a few new ones we’ve come across recently… Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe Help old man Pettson and his cat Findus build their amazing inventions! Which of the objects should be included and where do they fit in the machinery? DragContinue reading “Apps for Developing Logical Deduction, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills”

Apps That Help Children Develop Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills are important for helping our children navigate the complexity of life. Helping them to develop these skills involves frequent exposure to problems they must solve – especially unfamiliar problems they have never encountered before. The extensive variety of puzzle apps available can help you provide your children with a continuous stream of novelContinue reading “Apps That Help Children Develop Problem Solving Skills”

What’s the Problem with Our Children’s Problem Solving Skills

A report on CNN announced that a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 15 year olds in Asia are better problem solvers than in the US. Although Malaysia was included in the 44 countries that participated in the study, we did not make it into the top 25 countries forContinue reading “What’s the Problem with Our Children’s Problem Solving Skills”

Apps: Cluedo – Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, and Problem Solving

When I was little, I loved playing the game Cluedo. Back then, it was a board game. Now, there is a card game edition which is simpler and faster to play. So when I started introducing Aristotle to the good old fashioned games of my youth, we started playing Clue – Suspect and he really enjoyedContinue reading “Apps: Cluedo – Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, and Problem Solving”

Apps: Amazing Alex – Problem Solving and Physics

I confess I wasn’t crazy about Amazing Alex when Aristotle first told me he wanted to download this app. I eventually let him “buy” it using his pocket money as a reward. Now that I’ve had a chance to watch the game in action and play a little of it myself, I think it’s a reallyContinue reading “Apps: Amazing Alex – Problem Solving and Physics”

Games for Teaching Physics, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Some time back (probably about a year or two – I forget now), hubby got a touchscreen for his desktop at work. It was pretty cool because he had the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 on it, which has: Microsoft Blackboard Microsoft Garden Pond Microsoft Rebound Microsoft Surface Globe Microsoft Surface Collage Microsoft SurfaceContinue reading “Games for Teaching Physics, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving”