16 June, 2007
I keep coming back to the concept of Multiple Approaches.
I first came across the idea of Multiple Approaches in a workshop called Generating Genius- a program by Di Flemming and Micheal Demkov of 9 frameworks that when combined mimic genius thinking and create a culture of creativity.
A GOOGLE SEARCH shows this idea of using a variety of approaches to solve problems and create new thinking and learnings is becoming commonplace in many fields including philosophy, educational reform, slowing the spread of HIV, computer software design.
If we look how our chess program developed we can see the pattern of Multiple Approaches once again making an appearance.
If we look at ‘Chess and Numeracy’, then........we have a chess a numeracy program.
But, when we apply Multiple Approaches suddenly our project becomes multi-layed, textured and interesting. We are starting to see avenues to explore other elements of the benefits of chess including:
Chess and Literacy
Chess and Giftedness
Chess and Social interaction
Chess and Well-being
Chess and Social Inclusion
Chess and Improved Transition
Chess and Community Partnerships
Chess and Informal Learning
Chess as a tool for improving family dynamics
Chess as a pedagody for increasing school connectedness
Chess and mentoring
I've noticed a pattern with Multiple Approaches in a school program development setting- they work best when combined with Continuous Development. That is, within an environment when ideas continually grow and evolve slowly over time.
And thats another thing that keeps popping up in the blogosphere, the idea of 'slow pedagogies'. But thats another topic!