This week has been a mixture of reading, research, meetings and school visits. After ruminating on the various documents available for the new LNF in Wales (National Literacy and Numeracy Framework - statutory from September 2013), we turned to our most recent book purchase…for some light reading!
Are you smart enough to work at Google? (William Poundstone)
The interview experiences and questions were immediately engaging and provocative. It challenged our thinking. It made us reflect on how we would act in such interview situations. And, ultimately, we needed to put the book down for a while as our brains began to hurt!
As we continued to work our way through some of the puzzles described, we began to wonder how learners of different ages would react. As adults, we tend to immediately self-check our responses and suggestions - often choosing to remain quiet if we perceive that an idea may be met with negative reactions from peers. How does this affect our ability to think creatively and explore multiple options. Do we limit ourselves?
We shall leave you to ponder two of the interview questions included in the book. (The second of the questions reminded us (slightly!) of one of our problem-based tasks for 3-5 year olds regarding Humpty Dumpty - how can we prevent him from 'cracking' every time he falls off the wall?)
"You are shrunk to the height of a penny and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in sixty seconds. What do you do?"
"You work in a 100-storey building and are given two identical eggs. You have to determine the highest floor from which an egg can be dropped without breaking. You are allowed to break both eggs in the process. How many drops would it take you to do it?