The 4 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Think

By Katie Lepi

Sometimes, our thinking can derail us before we’ve even started – and we often don’t even know it. Not too long ago, we talked about taking steps to making your students confident, positive, creative thinkers. Central to those ideas is idea of positive influence – which, as the teacher, you need to supply. If our students are confident in themselves and their creative thinking skills, they’ll be able to more effectively and efficiently address the complex, multi-faceted problems they’ll face in a fully connected, globalized world.

Similar ideas are outlined in the handy infographic below. Four “lines” of thinking are outlined, including some that you should try to follow, and others that you shouldn’t. One of the lines of thinking specifically outlines the ‘typical’ school  mindset – which it suggests you unlearn. Get your students on the right thinking track to ensure success! Keep reading to learn more.

Four Lines of Thinking

What to Always Remember

  • Think different
  • Don’t follow the rules
  • Work is a necessity

What to Unlearn From School

  • Follow the rules
  • First learn, then do
  • Be nice
  • Work is an opportunity
  • Money is evil
  • Behave yourself
  • People in charge have the answers

What to Learn to Think

  • Where can I add value?
  • I know best
  • Be authentic
  • My gut is usually right
  • If I weren’t so smart, I wouldn’t get this far

What to Never Think

  • I don’t know enough
  • What if I fail?
  • Am I doing as well as others?

the mind subway

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