Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”
I am preparing a lesson in Genius and Creative Problem Solving for school. After putting together the basic concepts, I realized you, the reader, might also want to refresh your memory on the steps taught or at least used to solve basic or complex problems. Here you go:
To act out your inner genius you need:
1. Broad general knowledge.
2. Knowledge of problem solving skills.
4. Willingness to take risks.
5. Tolerance for frustration.
Creative Problem Solving
Steps for solving a problem:
- Fully understand the problem.
- Make a plan* for solving the problem.
- Do the plan.
- Check the answer to make sure it is right and solves the problem.
Definition for “Plan”: The way you are going to do something. The steps you are going to take to get something done.
Problem Solving Skills
- Make a table
- Make a list
- Act it Out
- Draw a figure
- Work it backwards (start at the answer)
- Do simpler but similar problems
- Look for a pattern
- Write an equation
- Do systematic trials