Beginning to Understand Our Wicked Problem.

This week our group was able to meet during a zoom conference and discuss why we believed Teaching Complex thinking was so wicked. We found that when we looked through each other’s initial questions that we were constantly bringing up the same themes of different “buzz” words, classroom environment, and creativity. When researching Complex Thinking the terms computation, critical, and complex all seemed to interchange with each other which is why we came to our first question:

  1. Why is it referred to as computational, critical, and complex thinking?

Then we each talked about what creativity could mean within a classroom. This was something that I was struggling with as for how this would look as well as how most would evaluate complex thinking. A group member explained that each student will be different with creativity, but that is key in order to look at a problem from different viewpoints in order for the students to become successful and think outside of the box. I thought this was a very important breakthrough for me as an educator because I expect my students to persevere through challenging tasks, which would be very difficult if there weren’t creative ideas to view the problem differently from each other.   Which led to our second question:

  1. Why does creativity play a role in complex thinking?

Lastly, we discussed how different learning environments have been used daily in our classroom and wondered if there was a perfect ratio or style of teaching to teach complex thinking. This is how our third question came about:

  1. Why is the classroom environment important for teaching complex thinking?

I believe these three questions have given me more guidance when continuing research this week on our wicked problem. I am hoping with the help from my group that we can find a solution to this problem, but as we begin to learn this week I don’t believe this will be a one size fit all solution. Teaching complex thinking is still a wicked problem, but I am excited to become a creative member to my group bringing a different perspective to the table.

Attached is my infographic about Teaching Complex Thinking. I addressed the three questions from this blog post, why we believe it to be wicked, and results from my survey taken from last week.



Eckerle, A., Wanner, J., Bui, D., & Schneeberger, A. (n.d.). Complex Thinking – Group Planning Document. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from

Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips. (2016). Retrieved September 25, 2016, from

Teaching Higher Order Thinking. (2015). Retrieved from


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