My daughter’s school recently sent home a “Curriculum for Kindergartners” pamphlet. In it, the usual curricular suspects were presented…Language Arts, Mathematics, Science. However, a few “Creative Thinking,” “Communication,” and “Research skills” learning objectives were also spelled out. Here are a few:
- Incorporate brainstorming and other idea-generating techniques to solve problems or create new products.
- Use analogies, illustrations and models to explain complex concepts.
- Tolerate ambiguity when solving problems.
- Recognize and assume risks as a necessary part of problem solving.
- Examine an issue from more than one point of view.
- Use a variety of visual techniques to create illustrations, models, charts, tables, and graphs as tools for communication.
- Respond to contributions of others, and argue persuasively to reinforce others’ good points.
- Formulate original and appropriate questions to test the limits of an existing body of knowledge.
- Gather, organize, analyze and synthesize data from multiple sources to support or disprove a hypothesis.
- Select appropriate research tools and methodologies (e.g. historical, descriptive, field, interview) to conduct scientific investigations
I thought the same exact thing.
Most adults I know can’t even do these things! Nonetheless, I find it hopeful that an environment for learning could exist that would provide my kindergartner a safe place to practice these skills. It paints a picture of a future I can feel good about. However, something tells me this was just some sort of misprint. But the kiddo surprises me all the time…if she starts asking neighbors to velcro-model ideas for a new TV remote, I’ll post pictures.