Flexible thinking allows for multiple solutions to a problem. This lesson explores the concept of ‘flexible thinking’, recognising the importance of considering multiple points of view and solutions to a problem. Flexible thinking is important for building a students resilience and helps them confidentially tackle the unknown and unexpected.
Students can recognise that thinking flexibly and being able to listen to and accept other people's points of view is a key ingredient in developing resilience.
By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:
- flexible thinking requires an ability to listen to other people’s opinions
- having multiple solutions to a problem relieves pressure during tough times
- having a Plan B is a core component of flexible thinking.
Class discussion: What is flexible thinking? 20 min
Ask students to think about the following questions:
- What decisions have you had to make today?
- What impacted on these decisions and your ultimate choices?
- Were they hard decisions to make?
- Did you have to change a plan (e.g. what to have for breakfast, or how you were going to get to school)?
Flexible thinking allows for multiple solutions to a problem. Being able to develop alternative plans (Plan Bs) is a vital aspect of resilience. Thinking flexibly and being able to listen to and accept other people’s points of view is a key ingredient in developing resilience.
Life is full of choices. Some decisions are easy to make, such as what to have for dinner; while others are more serious, such as which career to choose. Regardless of how important a decision is, good decision-making skills are useful in life, especially if you feel indecisive about something and it’s getting you down.
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