The link between critical thinking and one’s education is obvious – you can’t learn well unless you think well.
Critical thinking is the ability to look at problems in new ways, to analyse how parts of a whole interact with one another and to interpret information and draw conclusions.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills were once thought to be the domain of gifted people. Today, they are necessary for every individual and group who seeks to make sensible decisions about financial, health, civic, workplace and leisure activities.
The solutions to international concerns such as climate change and global warming require highly developed critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. These skills include the ability to effectively analyse and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs.
The ability to solve interesting and unfamiliar problems often leads to the development of other skills such as increased engagement, higher concentration levels and improved thought processing.
Here are a few examples of experiences that occur in many programs which may provide you with an opportunity to focus on problem-solving skills:
Naturally, one of the most powerful (not to mention, enjoyable) ways to develop and strengthen your group’s problem-solving skills is to employ the use of fun group games.
The images below provide links to a sample of simple group activities which may help you develop the critical thinking and problem-solving abilities of your group, drawn from playmeo’s ever-expanding activity database.
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Interactive strategy to help groups make decisions.
Quick, energetic & dynamic tag game for small groups.
Energetic initiative to challenge critical thinking skills.
Hilarious energiser ideal for crowded auditoriums.
Active game to inspire good listening & reflex skills.
Trust exercise that focuses on inclusion & diversity.
Series of questions which help identify difference.
Classic team puzzle that focuses on critical thinking.
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