If it hasn’t, a new question must be asked: how could we do it differently? The teacher must help the students learn on their own, to do it well. That way they learn how to learn and after doing it a couple of times with the content of the curriculum, the teacher can disappear. They realize that they can do it by themselves, and they repeat it until they don’t need to practice anymore. This is how the skill or ability emerges in, for example, making decisions effectively or thinking creatively-productively or any other kind of thinking. They learn it at school and then, after practice, it becomes an automatic way of thinking.
Teaching good thinking involves: developing and implementing the plan, seeing what happened and asking yourself if it worked.
A good lesson that develops some kind of creative thinking
All students need to be creative thinkers; if they want to be practical, if they want to help change the world, they need to learn how to develop productively creative ideas that solve problems, situations, and so on. Bob briefly explains an experience that took place in a school: the teacher came up with the idea of having the students imagine a person who is dedicated to helping other people with problems, for example a person lost in the desert, or who has broken a leg. He told them, you have to come up with creative ideas that will save these people’s lives, I want you to use what you have learned in school. One student explained, someone is climbing the Matterhorn in Switzerland and has broken his leg. But he carries a little box in his pocket like a green button, he presses it, and it sends a signal to base camp where a drone starts buzzing and goes up. It is a contraption with the medical supplies needed for such cases and flies to a point that emits a signal given by the first box. The injured person presses two more buttons and the packages at the bottom rotate. One of them opens, and a set of supplies for someone with a broken leg makes its way to this person. There are bandages, splints, folded crutches that you can use to put under your shoulders and down the mountain and they are saved. The students in the class said to him, I don’t think it’s going to work, we’ve studied about Switzerland, about the mountains, the Alps, etc., and we’ve learned that on a mountain like the Matterhorn it’s very windy. The fact is that they tried to do it, they tried to fly the drone, all the students in the group were convinced that it was going to work, because using their laptops they figured out the wind currents.