We all want to foster creative genius in our children. But how?
1. Creative geniuses love a puzzle. Tomorrow’s best innovators need:
• Creativity to approach a problem from many directions.
• Flexibility to hit a dead end and regroup.
• Imagination to design new lines of attack when old ones fail.
2. Creative geniuses have empathy. Tomorrow’s best problem solvers need to:
• Envision righting wrongs, restoring justice and improving life.
• Develop strategies with optimism and tenacity.
With this in mind, I created Somebody Saw Logic Puzzle Mysteries. By developing logical reasoning and mathematical deduction skills, readers will see that:
• Creative geniuses aren’t correct more often.
They’re more comfortable with failure.
• Creative geniuses aren’t more knowledgeable.
They’re more flexible and able to make novel connections.
• Creative geniuses aren’t more expert.
They’re more open to uncertainty and see ambiguity as inspiration for new ideas.
By developing these skills through stories about struggles with bullying, readers can:
• Learn to develop feelings of empathy, compassion and shared humanity.
• Develop tools to become confident and empowered citizens and conflict resolvers.
Students can’t learn these skills passively. In the Somebody Saw Logic Puzzle Mysteries students use logic and mathematical deduction to solve the crimes. Every statement must be critically considered: Does it bring us closer to the solution or is it a confounding distraction? It’s up to the student to decide.
Everything is designed for success. All needed instruction is provided and there are beginning, intermediate and advanced level puzzles for all abilities. A You Tube channel is available with videos that walk through each logic puzzle, teaching in detail how to solve it. These can be used by teachers, parents or the students themselves.
Solving the puzzles as a classroom activity generates rich and creative discussions. As a whole class or group activity, students learn to form logical proposals, debate them with their peers and develop the flexibility and boldness to fail and try again. The stories can also encourage class discussions on creating kinder, more empowering environments for all.
Playing detective with your child is fun! And it can lead to sensitive and compassionate discussions about bullying and how children can protect themselves.
Working independently can provide a student with the thrill of the chase, the satisfaction and focus that comes from delving into a mystery.
As a Math and Physics teacher for over 25 years, I created puzzles for my students and for my three daughters (Two of my daughters graduated from MIT and one from UC Berkley, all with majors in science and engineering.)
I have incorporated the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Mathematical Standards into the puzzles to make them enriching and challenging.