I'm working for a non profit where I'm training teachers. I would like to do one of my next trainings on creative thinking. Often times our kids will answer a question by reading the answer directly from a text, they don't ask why, they take everything for face value. Our teachers also sometimes lack the ability to think laterally, think out of the box, think creatively. If anyone would like to make some suggestions on how I might conduct a training so that they can take some skills back into the classroom, I would really appreciate some suggestions.
No I haven't been trained. I've read Think Before It's Too Late and watched his videos on the Six Hats. I come from a teaching background. Most of the kids are English Language Learners, which only adds to the difficulty of having them think in English. In their formal school they're taught with rote learning. The idea is that I would love for them to think, to ask why, to question the answer, and to come up with wild answers. They, at this point in time, don't understand how to do that for the most part. There are activities I can do with them from the book using PMI, provocation, concept fan, but am unsure how to begin. I know that would only be a small part of thinking, but I thought it might be a start.