Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when
it's the only one we have.
Fluency is the ability to produce a quantity of ideas, answers, or problem solutions. E. Paul Torrance (1979) discussed fluency as the ability to produce and consider many alternatives. A person who consistently offers multiple ways to complete a project displays fluency, and the student in the classroom who offers many reasons why the teacher should not assign homework is also fluent.
Adults encourage children to be fluent by asking divergent questions for which there are no clear-cut answers or limitations to response types. When preparing divergent questions, ask yourself if you know the [correct] answer; if you do, the question is not divergent. Divergent questions encourage students to participate in class without fear of saying the [wrong] thing. For example, this occurs when the teacher asks students a question for which there are many