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Life orientation

Grade 9

Thinking skills

Module 2

Thinking

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]

Assessment

Learning outcomes(LOs)

LO 3

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
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.
Bharti
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
Daniel
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
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
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
NANO
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
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.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
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.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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