For the past few days we have been showing video clips from the Vook Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky. Here is another fun video clip from Mind in the Making that shows how children make connections, one of Galinsky’s seven essential life skills.
Making connections is at the heart of learning—figuring out what’s the same and what’s different—and making unusual connections is at the core of creativity.
In a world where information is so accessible, it is the people who can see connections who are able to go beyond knowing information to using this information well.
· figuring out what’s the same or similar;
· figuring out how one thing relates to another; and
· finding unusual connections, often by being able to inhibit an automatic response, by reflecting, and by selecting something that is connected in a different way.
When playing games like Chutes and Ladders ask the child to say the number of the spaces she lands on, and not just the number on the spinner. so she can learn how the numbers relate to each other.
Judy Deloache of the University of Virginia shows the importance of understanding symbolic representations in the video clip below.
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