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Life orientation

Grade 9

Thinking skills

Module 2


Cogito ergo sum (i think, therefore i am)

If you had to explain to a person what "thinking" means, what would you say?

We take the ability to think for granted. After all, people say, it is a natural process, as natural as breathing, walking, running... Yes, it is partly true. But - all people do not walk or run equally well or fast. A toddler has to crawl, then try to walk and then try to run. A fit athlete will run faster and jump higher than somebody who never tries or practises. This is also true of thinking. One can improve one's natural ability through exercise - by practising thinking skills.

How effective your thinking is, depends on various factors, but one thing is sure, knowledge and mastery of thinking skills, will make your thinking more effective. Compare your thinking and use of thinking skills to the use of a pair of glasses, a pair of binoculars, a telescope, and a microscope. These instruments have different functions, but they all help you to see.

A very simple way of describing thinking could be: knowing and understanding. But it is much, much more than this too. What about the ability to apply your knowledge, the ability to see relationships between things, the ability to create new and original things...

I cannot even conceive of a world without thinking, can you?

To do:

Let's do a "what if" exercise in small groups. The topic is: "What if everybody had the same thoughts"

This kind of exercise depends on the ability of the thinkers to give their imaginations free rein without really bothering with too much logic. A "what if" exercise stimulates the right brain functions and improves creative thinking.

  • Guidelines
  • Set a time limit of 5 to 7 minutes
  • One person jots down the "what if" thoughts
  • Do not criticise anybody's contribution, let the ideas flow
  • You may take over and expand on an idea

Have fun!

Read on...

Did some of you find this exercise difficult to get into? Don't worry, practise makes perfect!

The most important thing to remember is that thinking does not always consists of a "right or wrong" factor. It is important that your facts are correct, but what you decide to do with the facts... that's something else. Everybody is so scared of being "wrong" and to think differently from their friends and teachers that many good and valuable thoughts and ideas get lost forever.

It is therefore very important that we develop the ability to think laterally. Lateral thinking is much wider than "right and wrong". This kind of thinking helps us to think of plans, alternatives, new ideas.

On to another "what if" exercise:

Choose one of the topics:

  • What if all window panes were made of glass?
  • What if all people had 7 fingers on each hand?
  • I dare you to think!
  • Write down some of the best ideas. You may also give these ideas a "make- over" with drawings, colour, etc.

Topic: _______________________________________________

[LO 3.6]


Learning outcomes(LOs)

LO 3


The learner will be able to use acquired life skills to achieve and extend personal potential to respond effectively to challenges in his or her world.

Assessment standards(ASs)

We know this when the learner:

3.3 responds appropriately to emotions in challenging situations;

3.4 explains what has been learned from a challenging personal ineraction by critically reflecting on own behaviour;

3.6 critically evaluates own application of problem-solving skills in a challenging situation.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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