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Whether your team members are seasoned DIers or brand new to the program, each new challenge year will require that your team begin anew. Everyone has their own reasons for joining a team and success will be measured by whether individual needs have been met. Have your team members discuss the activities that give them the greatest enjoyment and the skills that they bring to the team. The Roadmap included with your team pack materials has great resources for guiding your team to collective and individual success.
As you get to know your team take time to determine how they deal with change, process ideas and change, and make decisions. Are they ones that emphasize originality or are they structured and detail oriented? Do they tend to talk through their thoughts or do they need time to process and think about what has been discussed?
Destination Imagination® seeks to guide student participants through the process from imagination to innovation. In DI, participants learn and experience the creative process using the elements of “inquiry-guided” group learning by engaging them in multiple modes of higher-order thinking.
DI Challenges are designed to teach the six steps in the creative process: Recognize, Imagine, Initiate, Collaborate, Assess, and Evaluate. The goal is to teach students not what to think but “how to think” – learning how to be innovative.
Would you like to hear students ask if they could solve more problems?
Why would students continue working on a problem if they experience set-backs?
How can you encourage students to work together?
Destination Imagination teams work for 3 to 5 months to solve open-ended challenges as creatively as they can. The teams use research and inquiry skills, involving both creative exploration, attention to detail, and teamwork in order to develop that creative solution. They don’t stop at the first idea; they keep trying to improve their solutions. Ask students why they participate in DI and you will hear a wide variety of answers from, “It’s fun!” to “DI finally lets my brain work.” Check out how Destination Imagination alumni feel it has helped them.
Pushing the limits of creativity always carries an element of risk. Teams should try to control these risks through the use of careful analysis of the rules and clarifying, where possible, any ideas that push the rules. To do this well teams should learn and use Creative Problem Solving tools to help them generate a wide number of ideas for their solution and then focus those ideas into ones that are creative, feasible, and within the team's abilities.
Teams should consider whether the risk is worth the effort in terms of safety, time, and score. Teams should concentrate their efforts on the areas that will benefit them the most, bring satisfaction if achieved, and have the most effect on the final product.
Please register your teams and appraisers at the MTDI website as soon as possible. (If you don’t already have one, you will need to set up an account to register your team.) We need this information in order to know what challenges teams are solving so we will have enough appraisers, officials, and rooms for the tournaments. Due to a problem with our website last week we have extended the Early Bird Deadline to December 22, 2011. If you register your team AND appraiser by December 22, 2011 you will receive a coupon for 50% off your team’s challenge pins. All teams and appraisers must be registered by January 15, 2012. To register your teams you will need the following information–
In this issue:
Everyday Creative Problem Solving
Do you ever want a new way to do the same chore? When you ever hit a roadblock in your project and do you know how to overcome it? Have you ever had a number of choices and were not sure which one to choose? These are all situations where knowing Creative Problem Solving Tools will help you come up with new ways to do something or narrow down your choices to one that is within budget or more manageable.
Begin the Journey
Are you wondering how to challenge those inventive students who like to "fool" around with ideas and come up with unique solutions? Join parents and teachers all over the U.S. who are signing up their kids for Destination ImagiNation. By participating in the DI team-based competitive tournaments, students can improve self-confidence and learn creative problem solving and critical thinking. Teaching students these skills is currently being promoted as a strategy for schools to reduce bullying, intimidation and harassment.
Montana DI Alumni who participated in Destination ImagiNation for two years or more qualify for three college Scholarships. Check out the Montana DI Website to learn more about these scholarships and how to apply for them. Two of them are open to students currently in post-secondary education. Make sure your alumni know about these scholarships. Deadlines: February 1 and February 15.
Building a Solid Team
We can’t stress this enough: Destination ImagiNation is a team activity. It’s important to remember that great teams don’t just happen; they are created. New and returning teams benefit greatly when presented Instant Challenges and Team Building challenges that require lots of teamwork to complete.
Step by Step – Resource for Team Managers
So, you volunteered to be a Team Manager but you are not sure where to start or what to do! Well, DI has an answer to your dilemma – Roadmap to Tournament. This is a guidebook designed to help Destination ImagiNation (DI) Team Managers navigate their teams from the first meeting to tournament. It includes:
Check it out. Beware that it is a lengthy document and you may want to think twice before you print it.
So, where does your team start?