Synectics is a strategy that stimulates thought processes. By creating analogies for a given concept, learners of all ages can make new and surprising connections to content and often deepen their understanding. While it may be used as an opener, closer, or formative assessment, this method is also an effective problem-solving approach since it encourages fundamental problem-analysis through metaphorical similes.
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