Thinking Skills

Throughout his career, John has been keen to develop challenging materials that will engage young people and help them to maximise their learning potential. Built upon the foundation of these resources, John’s training sessions are inspiring – but eminently practical.

Effective Thinking Challenge

A stimulating and enjoyable day in the form of a competition in which teams of pupils seek to solve a succession of “thinking challenges”, each designed to utilise a specific problem-solving strategy.

Challenges may be linguistic, logical, visual, “hands-on” or require a flash of creative inspiration.

After each group of challenges, pupils are encouraged to analyse why certain approaches proved more effective, thereby being introduced to a diverse range of problem-solving strategies.

Although the Effective Thinking Challenge can be condensed into a half-day session, the full day allows more opportunity for reflection – as well as allowing pupils time to devise their own challenges.