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This report outlines the results of a Speed Thinking Pilot Program with a private High School in Sydney, Australia. Dr Ken Hudson the inventor of Speed Thinking and a number of teachers at …

This report outlines the results of a Speed Thinking Pilot Program with a private High School in Sydney, Australia. Dr Ken Hudson the inventor of Speed Thinking and a number of teachers at International Grammar School conducted the pilot program in the last quarter of 2009 (IGS is ranked among the top 50 schools in NSW).

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  • 1. Speed Thinking Pilot Program International Grammar School Dr Ken Hudson, Founder, The Speed Thinking Zone December, 2009 www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 2. Table of Contents 1. Executive Summary 2. Introduction 3. Background 4. Pilot Program Objectives 5. Pilot Program Design 6. Results 7. Analysis of Results 8. Lessons Learned 9. Next Steps 10. Attachments www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 3. 1. Executive Summary: The following report outlines the results of a Speed Thinking Pilot Program with a private High School in Sydney, Australia. Dr Ken Hudson the inventor of Speed Thinking and a number of teachers at International Grammar School conducted the pilot program in the last quarter of 2009 (IGS is ranked among the top 50 schools in NSW). Speed Thinking was originally developed for business people but Dr Hudson believed that final year students in particular would benefit from applying Speed Thinking to their studies and their student life more generally. A program which consisted of a number of 40-45 minute Speed Thinking workshops was delivered to year 12 students and teachers. The major aim was to determine the interest in and the usefulness of this new skill and how it could be improved for students. The results were very encouraging (albeit from a small sample). Students found this new skill, fun, easy to learn, effective and efficient. They believed it could be helpful in exam essays, getting started with assignments or homework, setting goals and reducing procrastination. Teachers also found this new skill set fast, useful and innovative. There are many lessons obtained from this pilot program which can only improve the appeal and effectiveness of Speed Thinking to final year school students as well as other school and university students. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 4. 2. Introduction The purpose of this document is to outline the results and implications of a pilot Speed Thinking program conducted with the International Grammar School (IGS) in Sydney, Australia. The program was aimed at year 12 (final year) students and teachers and was conducted from September to December, 2009. ‘IGS is a co-educational secular school offering quality teaching for preschool, primary and high school students. IGS offers a bilingual partial immersion language program for all students from preschool to the end of primary, and a strong high school languages program up to Higher School Certificate’ (Source: IGS website: http://www.igssyd.nsw.edu.au/newsite3/index.php). The key contacts at the IGS high school were: - Dr Alan Dearn, Assistant Principal Senior School - Anthony Dennehy & Derek Patulny, Teachers and Student Services Coordinators Dr Ken Hudson approached the school about his Speed Thinking concept. He conducted all the face-to-face sessions, at the school on a voluntary basis and was not paid for any of his services. Dr Hudson has a PhD in Organisational Creativity, MBA and B.Bus. He is not a qualified teacher but was a part-time lecturer, for ten years at The University of Technology, Sydney, in the School of Marketing. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 5. 3. Background Dr Ken Hudson developed Speed Thinking on the back of an insight whilst working with business people over a five year period. He established a creative thinking an innovation business called Idea Space which helped managers and leaders to create new products, growth opportunities and/or solve problems. He noticed that when he gave managers less time then they expected or were used to (hence they had to accelerate their thinking) they often produced amazing results. Their ideas were more original, they became more decisive and energized. Through trial and error, over a number of years and literally hundreds of workshops he developed a new way to think in a time-pressured situation which he called Speed Thinking. Speed Thinking was launched in late 2008 and consists of a four-stage process (i.e. start, evaluate, build, action), a two minute-nine possibility formula and new tool called Speedlinks with over 30 applications (for more information visit: www.thespeedthinkingzone.com). Dr Hudson noticed that his eldest daughter who was in her final year of school could absorb course content and would regularly do past exam papers but would be filled with panic and stress when she did her exams. He felt that in these situations Speed Thinking could help. Dr Hudson’s experience with business people suggested that it would help with structuring reports, reducing procrastination, setting goals and creating new ideas quickly to name a few applications. This is what the pilot program sought to explore. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 6. 4. Pilot Program Objectives: 1. To determine the level of interest in and usefulness of, Speed Thinking for final year school students. 2. To determine the level of interest in and usefulness of, Speed Thinking for teachers of final year school students. 3. To test the appeal of a number of different Speed Thinking Modules. 4. To obtain some student feedback on ways to improve Speed Thinking before rolling out the program to other schools. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 7. 5. Pilot Program Design* Stage: Audience Speed Thinking Module Number Date 1st Year 12 Leaders (2009) Overview & Goal Setting 12 Sept. 2nd. Year 12 Leaders (2010) Overview & Goal Setting 10 Nov. 3rd Year 12 Students (2010) Overview & Brainstorming 9 Dec Overview & Essay Design 10 Dec Overview & Essay Design 12 Dec 4th Year 12 Teachers (2010) Overview & Essay Design 30 Dec • All sessions were 40-45 minutes in length to coincide with the length of normal student school periods. • Sessions were held either at lunch time or in students free periods. • All sessions were voluntary. • At least one IGS teacher attended all sessions. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 8. 6. Results: a. Approx. 40% of the total year 12 students attended a speed thinking session. This was slightly below expectations but most students were only given a few days notice by email, it was voluntary and most of the sessions were held in the second last week of school. b. The qualitative feedback from the teachers attending the sessions was positive. - ‘It was great to see you in action. The feedback from the kids has been very positive,’ Anthony Dennehy, IGS Teacher (20/9/09 email). - ‘I have spoken to most of the kids who went and they have been very positive about what they have learned today,’ Derek Patulny, IGS Teacher, (3/12/09 email). www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 9. Results Continued: c. Year 12 Student Leaders were asked two questions at the end of a Speed Thinking Session*: What do I think of Speed Thinking? How might I use Speed Thinking? - It will help me with limiting - In exams or writing essays procrastination - Starting homework or assessments - It is a good way to get started. - Setting goals and priorities - It is impulsive - Brainstorming - Planning my week * Most popular responses www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 10. Results Continued: d. At the end of a session participants were asked for three words that would describe Speed Thinking: Students*: Teachers: - Quick - Fast - Effective - Innovative - Efficient - Helpful - Enjoyable - Spontaneous - Fun - Different - Interesting - Flexible - Easy - Challenging - Useful - Useful * Most popular responses, a complete ‘student word cloud’ is included in the attachments. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 11. Results Continued: e. Students* were asked to give a score a number of statements between 1 and 7, where 1 was completely disagree, 7 completely agree and 4 was neutral. The highest scoring statements were: - Speed Thinking will assist me to brainstorm new ideas - Speed Thinking will assist me to more efficiently manage my time - Speed Thinking is easy to learn (this is the only difference between males and females across all the statements—females scored this statement higher) - Speed Thinking is a good way to help me get started with my assignments - I believe that I can be more productive using Speed Thinking - Every student should learn Speed Thinking - Speed Thinking will aid my confidence before an essay type exam f. Students were then asked if they would recommend Speed Thinking to a friend or colleague from 0 to 10 (0 is not at all, 5 is neutral, 10 is extremely likely). Speed Thinking scored an Average rating of 7.38 with a range from 5-10. * Among 31 students after attending a single speed thinking session, a complete table of statement results is included in the attachment section. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 12. 7. Analysis of Results: -Although it is only one high school and the numbers are small it is reasonable to conclude that Speed Thinking is a new skill that would benefit most final year students and teachers. - Students find it easy to learn, and believe that it can lead to improvements in effectiveness, productivity and efficiency. They can quickly see a practical application for Speed Thinking in their school (and other aspects of their life?). - Speed Thinking can help students to get started on assignments, exams and because it is fun and enjoyable might help them better deal with the stresses of their final year studies. - Speed Thinking can also provide teachers with a new set of skills and tools to help students perform better in exam type situations. - In a more developed program it is reasonable to conclude that it will have extremely high referral rates. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 13. 8. Lessons Learned: - It is important to present Speed Thinking as a new skill that complements but does not replace existing student critical thinking processes. - Speed Thinking is not about content—that is the teachers role. It is a skill which enables students to think faster and better in time-sensitive situations (e.g. exams). - To engage students (and teachers) Speed Thinking has to be practical, useful and immediately applicable. - Year 12 students do many things quickly (e.g. texting) so Speed Thinking feels like a natural extension of what they already do but provides a structure. - Students liked the visual, nine bubbles nature of the Speed Thinking tool called Speedlinks (see the attachments for a real example of a students output). - The essay application of Speedlinks had the most immediate appeal, followed by Goal Setting then Brainstorming. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 14. 8. Lessons Learned: - Students are still (quite rightly) cautious about applying Speed Thinking to all their school work. The aim is to show students the most appropriate times to use Speed Thinking. - An on-line Speed Thinking tool-kit would be highly valued (e.g. perhaps an ipod application?) - A more interesting way of promoting Speed Thinking to students needs to be developed (e.g. using video’s for example). - Speed Thinking could be applied to other age groups but final year students with the on-going exam pressures are a natural place to start. - 40 minute sessions provide an intensive Speed Thinking experience and fits within an existing school time-table but it works better when only one application is covered e.g. goal setting. - The one thing that students would like to see improved was to be given more time hence the need for an array (perhaps giving students a choice?) of different 40 minutes speed sessions. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 15. 9. Recommended Next Steps: - Distribute this report to the IGS teachers and other educators for feedback. - Offer Speed Thinking to final year students at IGS in term one of 2010. - Design with the teachers and educators a series of 40 minute Speed Thinking modules depending on their needs and requirements. For example: - Speed Thinking an introduction - Design your essays in minutes - Set your Goals quickly - Stop Procrastinating and get started. - Run an accreditation program with some of the IGS teachers. - Investigate opportunities in Australia and Overseas to expand the Speed Thinking program. - An online Speed Thinking tool Kit called Speedlinks and a new youth oriented website is under development. www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 16. 10. Attachments www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 17. Students were asked to give a score between 1‐7, where 1 was completely disagree and 7 was completely agree, 4 was neutral (after completing one Speed Thinking session). Mean Min. Max. Low rating % High rating % [1/2] [6/7] Speed Thinking will assist me to brainstorm new ideas 6.13 4 7 0.0 74.2 Speed Thinking will assist me to more efficiently manage my 5.93 4 7 0.0 71.0 time Speed Thinking is easy to learn 5.90 2 7 3.2 71.0 Speed Thinking is a good way to help me get started with my 5.86 4 7 0.0 61.3 assignments I believe that I can be more productive using Speed Thinking 5.77 4 7 0.0 58.1 Every student should learn Speed Thinking 5.75 3 7 0.0 54.8 Speed Thinking will aid my confidence before an essay type 5.67 4 7 0.0 54.8 exam I believe most teachers should learn Speed Thinking 5.52 4 7 0.0 54.8 Speed Thinking will help me in an exam 5.50 4 7 0.0 51.6 www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 18. Students were asked to give a score between 1‐7, where 1 was completely disagree and 7 was completely agree, 4 was neutral. Mean Min. Max. Low rating % High rating % [1/2] [6/7] Speed Thinking will help me to better structure my essays 5.50 3 7 0.0 51.6 Speed Thinking will help with group work 5.47 1 7 6.5 61.3 I believe that Speed Thinking can help me improve my 5.40 4 7 0.0 48.4 results Speed Thinking is an effective way to set goals 5.32 2 7 3.2 38.7 I feel more energized after doing Speed Thinking 5.23 1 7 3.2 45.2 It surprised me how quickly I can think 5.23 2 7 9.7 48.4 Speed Thinking will stop me procrastinating 5.00 2 7 3.2 35.5 Speed Thinking is fun 4.90 3 6 0.0 29.0 I am more likely to put off my homework with Speed 2.13 1 5 74.2 0.0 Thinking www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 19. IGS Student Word Cloud: What three words would you Use to describe Speed Thinking ( results from 31 students)? www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 20. The SpeedLinks Tool Name: Real Student 1. 2. Who discovered 9. Speed What part of Thinking? the brain does How does ST it use? 3. effect stress? Are their techniques to The Essay Challenge: improve ST? 8. Compare and contrast Speed Thinking with Traditional Thinking. How does one’s personality 4. Students were initially asked to create nine effect ST? interesting questions about this essay in two Would it help one minutes (this is the output of a real student). subject more than 7. another? 5. What environments are most conducive 6. Is there an to ST? age barrier Can you to success? use ST everyday? www.thespeedthinkingzone.com
  • 21. The SpeedLinks Tool Name: Real Student 1. 2. 9. Define ST Define it’s features. 3. Conclusion How is it similar? The Essay Challenge: 8. Compare and contrast Speed Thinking with Traditional Thinking. Discuss impact of ST on different Students were then asked to capture the 4. ages nine key points of their essay in two minutes using the previous questions as a How is it guide (this is the output of a real student). different? 7. 5. Discuss the impact of personality on 6. ST & TT Discuss the Pros & ST and Cons of ST procrastination www.thespeedthinkingzone.com

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