One really useful technique for problem solving, especially when you are up against a brick wall, is to ask “What’s the opposite?” and then look at it from that point of view. Very often it brings up a whole new way to solve your problem.
For example I’ve been trying to figure out an illustration for “summer” and how to make it different from “sunny” or “beach”. I was stuck.
So I thought “What’s the opposite?” The opposite of “summer” is “winter”. And is it ended up, illustrating “not winter” was much easier, as you’ll see in vol. 11, than illustrating “summer!”
What to do with shy kids?
One problem teachers often have is what to do with”shy” kids. (It also seems to be that every country thinks that being shy is a speciality problem of only their own country!)
So let’s ask, “What’s the opposite?”
Well, the opposite of “shy” is “being confident”. You cant be shy and confident. If you aren’t confident then you are shy, and if you aren’t shy you’re usually confident!
So to “cure shyness”, lets think how to “boost confidence”.
And as it happens, that’s really easy. There’s only one way to do it, and it’s really simple!
Check out this video I did for my students who are learning Japanese:
And in Genki English this is why we put so much emphasis on the “I can” attitude.
What do you think? Do let us know in the comments!