Thinking outside the box

A technique that encourages pupils to initially consider the obvious answers or low tariff responses to a question.
Then they are challenged to think ‘outside the box’.

For example:
greater depth
more interesting vocabulary
an alternative perspective
critical analysis
links to other topics.


An alternative strategy is to use this as a partner talk tool to discuss together possible questions or answers that are not obvious responses. This can create powerful talk for learning prior to a task being completed.

Thinking outside box_partner talk

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