Nimble Wits: Critical Thinking and Creative Problem-Solving (Grades 6-9)

When is this class offered?

Teacher: Sandra Williams



Flexible and creative problem-solving is critical to success in life.  Many students are intimidated by complex problems and shrink from risking experimental ways to solve problems, whether in the classroom, laboratory, or the community.  How do we teach this?  How do we encourage students to develop new approaches to problem-solving? 

    • Through play.
    • Through modeling and direct instruction in solving varieties of problems and puzzles.
    • Through engaging in games in a zero-risk environment.

People throughout history, in varied cultures, played with word games, puzzles, board games, and mazes as entertainment.  Historically, we sharpen our wits by engaging with one another.

Nimble wits develop when we are unafraid to noodle around until we discover an answer, when we are humorously engaged in activities that challenge us in settings that we know are zero-risk.  It is important that every participant feels completely secure and supported in this class.

We will utilize a variety of Critical Thinking Press products and a variety of games to explore the delight of using our brains in new ways.  This class is particularly helpful for students with math anxiety.  It is not a math class, but an enhancement to mathematical thinking.


All materials will be provided by the instructor.


    • Tuition**
      $50/month, August-April, due first class each month.Additional $5 late fee per week will be applied after first class.
    • Materials Fee**
      A $50 non-refundable fee is due at registration to secure your student's spot in the class.  All other materials/Lab fees are included in the tuition.


    • This course is appropriate for grades 6-9.
    • The class meets once each week for 1 hour.

* In addition to course costs, AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE is due FOR EACH STUDENT on the first day of EACH SEMESTER.  See COSTS PAGE for further information.