Teaching methods

We use attention directing tools which assist problem-solving through a creative and indirect approach in order to integrate focus and awareness into the decision-making process.

We use humor. Humor indicates, better than any other mental behavior, the nature of the information that gives rise to meaning.

Action - Reflection - Learning?

ARL – is the method through which the participant develop the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning.

We believe that ARL facilitates the integration of consciousness

  • With the integration of consciousness, we build the skills to stabilise and direct attention so that we can harness the power of awareness to create choice and change

Guided Discovery

Guided discovery encourages children natural curiosity and inquisitiveness.  Carefully constructed questions push students to go beyond facts towards the discovery of principles in solving problems.

Perhaps most importantly, children are at the center of the process. Every aspect of Guided Discovery encourages children to offer ideas, act on them and share the results of their work with others, which stimulates everyone’s thinking about future possibilities, alternatives and options.

Movement analysis

We use video to gather information on participant techniques during training, competitions and events. After the video is being played back to the participant/s in order to analyse the data and information.

This method has great benefits as it allows children to:

  • Analyse their body movements
  • Identify strong and weak spots
  • Observe behaviour & attitude
  • Create their own feedback
  • Train attention to details
  • Practice gratitude and recognition

Lateral thinking

This method focuses on 6 different perspectives in order to create the holistic understanding but most importantly it teaches children creativity, helps the develop  solutions and avoid confusion. 

The six directions of thinking as structured by Eduard DeBono (the creator of lateral thinking) are:

  • Data / information & facts
  • Benefits
  • Risks / Dangers
  • Emotions / Assumptions & believes
  • Creativity & purposeful thinking
  • Conclusions & planning

What do we teach during our sports classes?

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Attention directing tools

Analysis of Plus, Minus and Interesting points. This is a powerful tool for considering new ideas.

Knowing the steps to follow improves concentration and progress

This involves a structured process to the Consideration of All Factors. It is often used when considering situations prior to developing ideas.

Almost any thinking activity involves other people, the OPV tries to get the thinker inside the heads of those involved.

The FIP provides a deliberate instruction to you (or to others) to focus directly on priorities (in general or at a particular moment).

The APC lesson involves looking for the Alternatives, Possibilities or Choices (whichever is appropriate) in that situation.

This is a scan of time for your brain. Helping you focus upon the consequences that might arise from a decision, course of action or change of any sort over time periods.

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Resolving practical thinking situations

Building on the tools learned in the previous module the participant explores the different types of thinking situations that exist and how you should proactively react to them. By understanding the type of problems you face you can learn the thinking skills to develop better solutions.

Thinking is involved not only in arriving at a decision but also in carrying it out. Planning is usually an essential part of getting something done.

Judging the value of an option. Is this worth doing? Making decisions and making choices.

Finding solutions to problems, and designing solutions to problems. In a sense any design task is also a problem-solving task.

Coping with confusion and mess. Creating order out of chaos. Organising different elements so that the whole works – a common enough real life situation.

Two party situations often have each side trying to get what they want. This lesson will help you turn arguments and conflict into win-win outcomes.

The transfer of information. The transfer of perceptions. Clarity of communication. Opening up perceptions in persuasion.

Making a map of the situation. Getting as much information as possible. Dialog with the purpose of exploring a situation.

Much of our thinking is reactive: we are forced to think about something. In this Section we look at initiatives: we set out to think about something because we want to.

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Creative thinking

You will focus on creativity. Learning to think outside the box is important when you need to problem solve. You should be able to recognise situations that need some extra creativity and brainstorm in an effective focused manner that delivers results. The Creativity consists of the following 7 lessons.

Realising the need to improve the quality of our thinking. Application of thinking to different areas.

The cure for arrogance and the deliberate search for alternatives: concepts and explorations. The mechanics of new routes.

Escape from your train of thought.. learn to take a different road.

Learn to look for the way forward a step at a time. Every creative journey starts with a step.

Constraints, shaping, using and harvesting ideas.

How to define the creative thrust. The creation of idea sensitive areas for the generation of creative thinking.


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