A paradox mindset. We all need one. In today’s upside down world with constant avalanches of challenges, pivots, and constraints, a paradox mindset can be a powerful tool to understand and to create. But in my experience as both a teacher and student, the concept of paradox is mostly taught in English class, as something to analyze in literature. Yet our littlest learners explore paradox in their play, in their imagination, in their seemingly contradictory connections.

Learners need opportunities to uncover the hidden connections between different ideas. This practice of paradoxical thinking sparks creative thinking, which is the secret sauce of innovation. Asking “what if…” is a great place to start, especially with younger learners.

For more on the paradox mindset:

Reframe the question.

Accept the tension and develop comfort with the discomfort.

Distance yourself and search for new possibilities.  

Ella Miron-Spektor

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