This practical article provides information regarding the use of Edward de Bono CoRT thinking skills to broaden and enhance critical and creative thinking skills in twice exceptional students using the Mars Glass Tube Mystery as a vehicle to explore possibilities and spark creative thinking. The exceptionalities addressed in this lesson plan are gifted learners who have one or more additional exceptionalities of slow processing speed and / or poor fine motor skills. Throughout the lesson, the Mars Mystery photos leveraged both prior knowledge and student curiosity to create an engaging activity for the participants. CoRT thinking skills provided a robust structure for guiding meaningful discussions, a means of encouraging deeper thought, and facilitating productive group discourse. The mystery-focused lesson encouraged imagination, allowing students to not only stretch independent thought but to actively participate in sharing and validating each other’s ideas and to explore creativity as a way to express ideas and generate conclusions.



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