Thinking Differently

Did You Know | there are different styles of thinking which can lead you to specific answers or perspectives based on how you think about it

*information obtained from ” A More Beautiful Question” Book by Warren Berger

Divergent Thinking | is a what happens when we are trying to come up with alternative ideas.

For example, ” Hey, what if I think differently about this?

Divergent Thinking usually begins with “what-ifs” which are wide open questions which is a style of thinking that happens when you start to think differently about something such as a project. Divergent thinking expands outward by generating multiple ideas, often thinking like a hacker and using materials in original ways.


Convergent Thinking | is focused thinking which is specifically used when you want to get to the core of a difficult question and reach a consensus on how to proceed. It

It generally means the ability to give the “correct” answer to standard questions that do not require significant creativity, for instance in most tasks in school and on standardized multiple-choice tests for intelligence. (Wikipedia) Convergent thinking narrows down multiple ideas into a single solution.

For example, anything that deals with lawmaking would be considered convergent thinking.

Convergent thinking is a problem solving technique involving the bringing together different ideas from different participants or fields to determine a single best solution to a lucidly defined problem (cleverism.com)


Metacognitive Thinking | analyzing and reflecting upon your own questions.

Metacognition is “cognition about cognition”, “thinking about thinking”, “knowing about knowing”, becoming “aware of one’s awareness” and higher-order thinking skills (wikipedia)

Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking. More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner. (cft.vanderbilt.edu)

Examples of metacognitive activities include planning how to approach a learning task, using appropriate skills and strategies to solve a problem, monitoring one’s own comprehension of text, self-assessing and self-correcting in response to the self-assessment, evaluating progress toward the completion of a task and more (lincs.ed.gov)

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