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Which are You? Observer, Navigator, Mapmaker, or Explorer?

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Our Futures Thinking Playbook begins with a simple set of exercises that are designed to guide middle-grade students into both critical thinking and collaboration.



The first activity begins with a series of short exercises that help students see their characteristics and also, lends itself to the tolerance of those who may see things differently.


These activities can be used for both much younger students and young adults as well. The focus here is on recognizing individual qualities and also seeing the benefits of our differences. This process also opens the door to thinking about the future that students would like to live in… a great conversation starter and a way to further acknowledge the importance of vision, and alternative possibilities.



Futures Thinking Playbook, which consists of 142 pages of class plans, thinking exercises, and ways to make future thinking a fun, engaging activity, starts off with a series of activities that explore both creative and basic premises. This book is available on Amazon in many languages.


One of my main projects for 2023 is getting this book into individual class activities to help make it easy for educators to “grab and go” with activities ready to present to their students.


You can help support this effort and give futures thinking education a whirl by downloading a complimentary copy of the “Views of the Past” 12-page activity today.


We look forward to getting your feedback! Have ideas that would help educators? Want more ideas for your students and colleagues? Please sign up for our newsletter here (bottom of page).


Note: Teach the Future supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, SDG 4: “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”



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