You already know that learning requires an investment of time and mental focus. Listening to a lecture, reading a book, playing an experiential game, or watching a video can only get you so far. The real learning happens when you apply Thinking Methodologies to digest, discuss, and process the learning.
Whether you’re processing and reflecting on material you just learned in school or training, an activity you experienced, a project you completed, or something else, Thinking Methodologies can help you debrief and process — that is, draw out meaning and apply learning down the road.
From the range of Thinking Methodologies available, choose the model that’s best suited to your content and needs:
The Rose-Thorn-Bud model hones in on achievements, opportunities and obstacles. The versatile tool can be used to process the day’s events, a learning experience or even be used as an icebreaker. Questions that go with each prompt include:
The What? Model is ideal in situations where different people might have different ideas about what was learned and its significance. The “Now What?” questions forces people to consider and commit to next steps, making this methodology ideal as a team-building game or meeting wrap-up.
Start-Stop is easily applied to a broad range of experiences and is a particularly useful construct for groups to evaluate current projects and processes.
Body Smarts is a creative way to draw out observations and consider take-away learning points, using parts of the body as thought triggers:
Design Thinking is a popular methodology used to solve complex problems. The five part model focuses on Understanding, Problem Definition, Ideation, Prototyping, Testing.
Facilitators, managers, and team leaders can use any of these Thinking Methodologies to frame discussions on the fly. However, participants might get more out of the experience if the leader plans and structures the conversation, giving participants time for individual reflection, small group sharing, then larger group discussion. The facilitation would look something like this:
Equipped with some playful sticky notes and a structure for your conversation, the time spent in your meeting is sure to yield worthwhile insights!