Describe a method of developing thinking skills?Evaluate one method of developing thinking skills

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vfreed eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you are talking about the ability to problem solve, or mental gymnastics.  I have found that my students' abilities to examine a situation and to analyze its complexities have increased since I began incorporating the use of analogies in my lessons.  Throughout the year, I have slowly moved from the most obvious synonyms and antonym based analogies, to ones that require deep and thoughtful consideration.  I have gradually withdrawn the level of support available to them, but they have been able to rise to each challenge.

Plexars are also a fun way to challenge the brain. has several books that you can purchase.  A Plexar or Quizlet, as some sources call them, are visual puzzles that rely on the physical location of a word within the puzzle to transmit its meaning.

For example:







represents the expression "Buckle up".



brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Socratic method, that is, the use of continual posing of questions, either to yourself, others or a group, is one way to foster thinking skills. The point is to get the mind in the habit of asking questions and postulating answers, so that these skills develop whether or not a person is in school, work or life, and the process continues, hopefully, throughout a person's life. This is one reason why college students sometimes report that are thinking most clearly and deeply after a few months of school, when they have gotten in the habit of being mentally stimulated each day for weeks on end.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You develop thinking skills by practicing thinking.  Find a new hobby, or a type of puzzle you like to do.  Take on a home improvement project, or learn a new language.  Any time you exercise your brain, you are learning new thinking skills.  Of course, being in school helps develop thinking skills all the time!