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The Three Thinking Minds

To allow new learning to enter into the mind, it is important for thinkers to begin from a state called the “empty mind”.

Participants are taken through various techniques to help them become more receptive to new information through the three different minds - conscious, sub-conscious and super-conscious.

It is said that we only use about 10% of the minds capabilities. By approaching learning from a point of stillness, Da Vinci thinkers are asked to be more open to new ideas as they enter the mind.

By recording these ideas in either visual format (as Da Vinci did with his notebooks ) , or written format, and without judgement, learners or participants are asked to look for and contemplate the patterns that emerge in their thinking.

The Three Thinking MindsDa Vinci Thinking ~ The new 3 R's

  • Re-seeing
  • Reflecting
  • Reorganising

Giving people the time needed to contemplate thinking more so that thoughts, ideas and learning are more flexible and flow more readily.

Where did Da Vinci thinking begin?

The inspiration for Da Vinci thinking came from working with students that had a high number of behavioural and learning needs. It became obvious that traditional teaching methods were not effective in working with these students and so the opportunity to develop something innovative and more motivational became a necessity.

These children were challenged by written work and many had a history of negative engagement with school. By putting away their books and providing each child with a visual diary, a new visual thinking skills programme emerged.

Taking the pressure away from having to do written work, combined with the introduction of the Da Vinci reflective tools,made a significant difference to both their attitude and willingness to engage in the learning process.

It is said that "true genius knows no bounds". As educators, we need to be careful about whether we limit or embrace the opportunities for students to unlock their potential. Da Vinci thinking, a holistic approach to learning, is designed to activate the passion in all learners regardless of age or academic ability.

Find out more about Da Vinci Thinking Programmes.


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