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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