Tony Ryan's Thinkers Keys have been used widely in New Zealand Schools. There are 20 Thinker's Keys designed to help students think creatively. On Tony's website he has downloads of the programme, a free version that contains 30% of the material and a Purchase option so that you can add the programme to all of the computers in the school. He now has an app available as well ($5.29 NZ for iPad)


The Thinkers Keys

Click on the name of the key to see the Graphic Organisers I have created.

THE REVERSE KEY

Use words such as cannot, never and would not e.g. list things you would never see

THE WHAT IF KEY

Ask virtually any question (serious or frivolous) positive and negative responses

THE ALPHABET KEY

Compile a list of words from A to Z which has relevance to topic

THE BAR KEY

B = bigger
A = add
R = remove or replace

THE CONSTRUCTION KEY

Problem solving task requires creative use of everyday materials

THE DISADVANTAGES KEY

List disadvantages, list ways of connecting or eliminating disadvantages

DIFFERENT USES KEY

Use imagination to list widely different uses for an object

THE PREDICTION KEY

Predict possible outcomes

THE PICTURE KEY

Simple diagram that has no relevance and students try to work out ways that it could be linked

THE RIDICULOUS KEY

Make a ridiculous statement that is virtually impossible and students attempt to substantiate it

THE COMMONALITY KEY

Select 2 objects with little to do with each other and ask students to find commonalities

THE INVENTIONS KEY

Develop inventions which are constructed in an unusual manner or using unusual materials

THE ALTERNATIVES KEY

List ways in which to complete a task without using normal tools

THE QUESTION KEY

Start with the answer, and try to list 5 questions which could be linked to that answer

THE BRAINSTORMING KEY

State a problem and brainstorm

FORCED RELATIONSHIP KEY

Develop a solution to a problem by considering the attributes of a number of dissimilar objects

THE COMBINATION KEY

List attributes of 2 unmatched objects then combine attributes to create a new or better product

INTERPRETATION KEY

Describe an unusual situation and students have to think of some different explanations for the existence of that situation

THE BRICK WALL KEY

Make a statement that could not generally be questioned and disputed and then try to break down the wall by finding other ways of dealing with the situation

THE VARIATIONS KEY

Students find many ways to overcome an obstacle or solve a problem