This Best-Ideas-Poll I found has some very pertinent information for educators. The results found that most people have their best ideas when they are doing something completely different.
Many people said they come up with ideas best while:
Is it important for our students to have ideas? Of course it is.
So why do we insist that they stay at their desk/table for hours at a time to think, write, answer questions etc? We need to give them time and space for their thinking…even outside the classroom.
The results also showed that most ideas came about when people were on their own or worked with one other. How come we expect students in a classroom of others to generate good thinking or ideas most often as a class group?
If we look at most workplaces the majority of work is done alone or in small groups/teams. With each left alone to do their own job.
So if we want our students to be more productive let’s allow them to daydream, go for a walk, do some doodling, have a drink, take a break, do some origami etc, whatever works for them.