Students and adults are often led to believe that there is only one right answer to the question. This doesn’t have to be the case though and it is really useful for students to be reminded of this, encouraging them to keep an open mind and explore possibilities. This way of thinking is referred to as divergent thinking and it goes hand in hand with creativity.
The following 12 questions aim to encourage students to problem solve and consider lots of answers to questions that don’t have just one right answer.
Each question is presented on an individual page so that they can be printed out and students can jot down ideas, scribble notes and even draw diagrams if they feel like it.
Please stress to the students that there is no one right answer and they might want to come up with lots of alternatives. These questions can be used as starting points to whole class discussions.