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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

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
Ali
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Google
da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
hey
Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
Bhagvanji
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
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
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
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
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Source:  OpenStax, Life orientation grade 9. OpenStax CNX. Sep 15, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11065/1.1
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