PMI – Thinking Problems


PMI (plus, minus, interesting) is a brainstorming activity that encourages participants in a discussion to look at an idea from more than one viewpoint.

P = Positive points

M = Minus points

I = Interesting points


Each week, we set the whole school a new idea to think about; they are then welcome as are parents and visitors to contribute to our thinking board in the main entrance.

PMI ideas are also being used in STAR lessons to encourage children to think about the problems that are set.

Below are some ideas that you could discuss with your child at home; they will encourage your child to think about both side of a problem and develop thinking and communication skills, when they try to argue each case:


  • Humans should have fur all over

  • All seats should be taken out of buses.

  • Door handles should be made of chocolate.

  • We should be able to turn gravity on and off.

  • A world without electricity.

  • No one can speak anymore.

  • People can fly.

  • We stopped exploring.

  • We are visited by aliens.


Can you think of any yourself? See Mr Hiscock on the school playground to offer any suggestions that you may have….we can then ask the whole school about your idea!