2nd Culture of thinking conference

Myself and two colleagues Andrew and Benita attended the above conference at Bialik College.  Here is a brief report by Benita which was put in the Staff Newsletter

After attending an energizing and inspiring conference on Monday and Tuesday, Michael, Andrew and I would like to share some of these ideas with you. ‘A Culture of Thinking’ conference promoted the idea throughout all presentations and workshops that to ‘b

Two of the thinking routines or applications we learnt about, experienced and felt could be useful in any learning environment are briefly outlined below.

Compass Points:

E = Excited

N=Need to Know


S= Stance or Suggestion for moving forward

Question Starters:

This routine provides students with the opportunity to practice developing good questions that provoke thinking and inquiry into a topic. It allows them to arrive at the complexity, breadth and depth of a topic and to understand its multi-dimensionality. These question starters may help students and teachers think of interesting questions that promote deeper learning

etter understand both what and how our students are learning and making sense of new ideas, we must strive to uncover and make their thinking visible. Under normal conditions, others thinking is often invisible to us. By using structures, routines, probing questions and documentation we can make students thinking more visible (from the Six Principles of the Harvard Thinking Project). What excites you about this idea or proposition? Whats the upside?What else do you need to know or find out about this idea or proposition? What additional information would help you evaluate things?What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? Whats the downside?What is the current stance or opinion on the idea or proposition? How might you move forward in your evaluation of this idea or proposition?

There were many other really practical and interesting ways to further engage students of all abilities in thinking and learning. If you would like a copy of the handouts we received, please let one of us know.

Benita, Andrew, Michael.

Why?, What are the reasons?, What if?, How would it be different if?, Suppose that?, What if we knew? What would change if.?

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