Our ability to make decisions defines the quality of our life. Great success follows great choices. An effective problem-solving mindset involves both logic and imagination, because both creative and critical thinking are needed for working out the best possible solution.
New Solutions to Old Problems
English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton contradicted the ancient Greeks’ ideas about light by demonstrating that sunlight consists of a spectrum of colors. Newton realized that the earliest telescopes, in which glass lenses were fixed in a tube, distorted colors as the lenses broke the white light of bright astronomical objects into a rainbow. He constructed a new reflecting telescope that used mirrors instead of lenses to focus the light. Newton’s innovative approach was made possible by his ability to see conventional ideas from a different angle.
Engaging Your Mind
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Standard measures of learning include knowledge, behaviors, values, skills, and responses. Improvement across these measures through the learning process is based on engagement, creativity, and self-determination. Learner engagement concerns one’s degree of curiosity, interest, attention, and personal involvement. Engagement requires a learner to invest both mind and emotions into education.
Habit of the Mind
Creativity is a habit of the mind. Characteristics of creativity can be learned and adopted through continuous practice and exercise. To enable fluency, flexibility, originality, and the avoidance of premature closure, it is essential to associate these personality trends with particular means, thoughts, or actions. Thus, fluency is associated with an ability to quickly create sequences of ideas, meanings, arguments, or expressions in relation to a certain entity or situation.
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Unique ideas are not always immediately valued. One’s organization of thoughts along with reasoning, clarification, and objective evaluation can all help in determining the value of the final products of ideational fluency. This type of fluency within one category is not essential for creative thinking on whole, as creative thinking involves free associations among different categories.
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Decision making is based on the following techniques: comparison of advantages against weaknesses, prioritization, and exploration of choices to find the best fit. Brain function during the decision-making process has been the subject of extensive research for a long time. The executive center of the brain, which is composed of the anterior and lateral areas of the prefrontal cortex, participates in decision-making, planning, and abstract reasoning.
The Role of Pattern Recognition for Creativity
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When chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleyev initially proposed his periodic table, he recognized a few gaps in the pattern of elements. Mendeleyev predicted the existence, and even characteristics, of undiscovered elements based on the symmetric patterns of his periodic model.
Motivation Through Imagination
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In the early 1990s, while I was working at the State University of Ukraine in Odessa, I attempted to implement new elementary education programs that would encourage children to learn about themselves and the world around them through a logical, complex educational structure.
Productive Thinking and Problem-Solving
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Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” a statement that is backed up by many historical demonstrations of misfortune becoming an opportunity for achievement. For instance, the biography of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, shows how productive decision-making and flexible adjustment to changes transform disappointments into accomplishments.
Confidence and Decision-Making
Albert Einstein pointed out that problems cannot be solved with the same thinking used to create them, a relevant observation in world where, every day, we attempt to make better decisions in an effort to make our lives easier. Each problem we face is comprised of facts as well as assumptions, the latter of which are based on perceptions and represent detours from true statements, which are based on logical reasoning.