Education, Innovation

How to use Hurson’s Productive Model as an innovative approach in classrooms

Find out how using this innovative technique can vastly improve the learning experience in a classroom.

There’s a growing need for creativity in everything these days so why should our educational system be any different? There is a new approach to teaching students about creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. It’s called the Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model.

It was created by the creative theorist and writer Tim Hurson. This thinking model can be used in organizations to come up with new solutions to the challenges they face and can also be used in schools and colleges. This thinking model which was first published in Hurson’s book “Think Better” (2007) can nurture in children as young as 4 a sense of creativity and unique problem solving skills.

Often times, as children grow up they tend to lose their creative spark with the introduction of textbooks, art being pushed to the sidelines and new ideas as wild as it may seem, are discouraged by the teachers. This thinking model breaks that mold in a 6 step process that people have to go through and by the end of it there are amazing new realizations. This model can be used in every homeroom class for brainstorming or even in a class which a teacher thinks it deems fit.

The 6 steps:

1.    What is going on?

This is the first question that needs to be addressed in solving a solution. It is about addressing the elephant in the bedroom but in this case, the classroom. Doing so, will make every student be on the same page (literally and pun wise as well). This is the most discussed upon question during the 6 stages.

2.    What is success?

Success is relative and students are never taught that in schools. They are only taught that success is getting an A grade and they are set for life. This develops in them a very flawed thinking that what matters in this world is only the outcome but not the process or experience. Everyone has different goals in life so by asking these questions to them they will discover a great deal about themselves and the world.      

3.    What is the question?

This is a question in itself that needs to be asked. They key point is to figure out what questions they should ask in order to reach to a conclusion. Asking the right questions will lead to the right answers.

4.    Generate answers

This is the section where the students can pitch in their ideas to solve the problems. Having a diverse set of ideas will generate so many possibilities and room for modifications to the solutions.

5.    Forge the solution

This is when all the answers are filtered out and concrete solutions are formed and proposed.

6.    Align resources

This is the final stage when the students can gather all their possible resources to implement their solutions.

This innovative new approach to problem solving can solidify as a great habit in students which they can use and implement in any every area of their life later on.