This podcast is a dialogue with Eric Berlin, a fan of creative thinking by using puzzles. Differentiation of terms: ‘thinking creatively’ and ‘creating’, Eric’s site for puzzles, types of crosswords and integrating puzzles in the classrooms are among the main ideas of the episode.
The creators tried to inform and persuade the listeners. How do i know? The creators informed about the benefits of puzzles by giving logical arguments. For instance, creators say that puzzles teach kids how to ask right questions in real life situations. They also make a point on that puzzles can be helpful in developing meta-cognition and problem-solving skills. Thus, Eric persuades the listeners to use his own site where he had launched a variety of puzzle-resources for free. The site is available to be utilized by all: teachers, students and parents in order to promote creative thinking.
The episode provides different evidences for popularizing puzzles and using them in creative thinking. Seeing problems as puzzles; a character of Winston in Eric’s three books for children aged from 9 to 12; different ways of crosswords; competition of MIT mystery hunt; teams’ collaboration in life-puzzling events these are all the factors that help this podcast to achieve its initial purpose and made it extremely interesting!
I learnt a lot of new things from this podcast as it was in a way unique and joyful to listen to. I would recommend this podcast to my group mates who are parents. Because the puzzles by Eric do not have exclusive subject concentrated on, but are mixed, the puzzles have variety of vocabulary starting from city names ending up with math terms. All my group mate-parents have to do is just watch and listen as their children solve these puzzles. Then they can see the gaps of subjects where their children feel weak. The puzzles’ cliche is: ‘fun first, education second’. So there is no doubt that the puzzles will be entertaining as well as involving children into active thinking process.
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