The Calvin Taylor creative thinking model describes the talent areas as productive thinking, communication, planning, decision making, and forecasting. This model is best known as Talents Unlimited, a program of the National Diffusion Network of the U.S. Department of Education. The Taylor model incorporates both the critical and creative elements of thinking.<p>Rather than a taxonomy, this is a thinking skills model that describes the essential elements of thinking, beginning with the academic talent and then incorporating the other talent areas, as described in more detail below.</p><p> </p><h3>Productive Thinking</h3>Productivity promotes creative thinking in the Calvin Taylor model. It suggests critical and creative thinking of many ideas, varied ideas, unusual ideas, and adding to those ideas.<h3>Communication</h3>Communication has six elements which include:<ul><li>give many, varied, single words to describe something</li><li>give many, varied, single words to describe feelings</li><li>think of many, varied things that are like another thing in a special way</li><li>let others know that you understand how they feel</li><li>make a network of ideas using many, varied and complete thoughts</li><li>tell your feelings and needs without using words</li></ul><h3>Planning</h3>Planning requires that students learn to tell what they are going to plan:<ul><li>the materials that they will need</li><li>the steps that they will need to accomplish the task</li><li>the problems that might occur</li></ul><h3>Decision Making</h3>Decision making teaches the student to:<ul><li>think of the many, varied things that could be done</li><li>think more carefully about each alternative</li><li>choose one alternative that they think is best</li><li>give many, varied reasons for the choice</li></ul><h3>Forecasting</h3>Forecasting is the last of the five talents and requires students to make many, varied predictions about a situation, examining cause and effect relationships. Every element of the Calvin Taylor model is used when a child invents.