Outside The Box

Outside The Box

“The ‘how’ thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile ‘ifs’.”

Norman Vincent Peale

Critical and creative thinking are qualities of a good thought process. Creative thinking involves the creation or generation of ideas, processes, experiences or objects, while critical thinking involves evaluation.

Critical thinking is the ability to take charge of one’s own thinking about any subject, content, or problem reflectively. Critical thinkers are:

  • logical,
  • able to reason,
  • able to analyze and assess their own thinking,
  • ask the right questions based on their own thinking,
  • make the right deductions based on their own reasoning,
  • able to look for facts before passing judgment.

Creative thinking is the ability to generate new ideas or concepts. Some characteristics of creative thinkers are:

  • original,
  • able to reason,
  • able to analyze and assess their own thinking,
  • ask the right questions based on their own thinking,
  • make the right deductions based on their own reasoning,
  • able to look for facts before passing judgment.

Critical and creative thinking are interrelated and complementary. All of us do it, often switching back and forth between the two, and that is why it is important to equal attention to both critical and creative aspects of thinking. While self-regulated thinking starts from a very early age, a child needs help applying it to maximize learning.

One aspect of thinking often overlooked is Self-regulated thinking, as the term implies is the ability to monitor one’s own though process. It enables a learner be flexible. Self-regulated thinkers are:

  • planners,
  • objective about feedbacks,
  • resourceful,
  • effective

The old method of just being able to do well on test scores, while still appropriate is no longer enough. To succeed in the working world of the future, one needs to be able to think “outside the box”.