Brainstorming The Question What if? The Reverse Developing a Thinking Toolbox ManTar ICT Cluster Workshop 1 Exploring strategies and tools for developing creative and critical thinking
Aims To learn more about thinking strategies and skills To gain some practical classroom ideas To discuss which thinking strategies and tools could be used at each level of the school To share ideas about facilitation and to prepare a staff meeting workshop
Knowledge is now a processnot a thingKnowing how to do something is more valuable than memorising information 21st Century life is about learning new skills, not new content. Success depends on learning new skills and applying them. What do you (and your students) need to learn when most of recorded knowledge is a mouse click away?
What doyour students need to memorise?Discuss
Relating to others
Using language symbols and texts
Participating and contributing
Defining these for your school. What is ‘Thinking’? Discuss
Thinking is about using creative, critical and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as:
constructing knowledge (NZC Page 12)
Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency(NZC Page 12)
As educators we must
Understand what thinking is
Know about strategies and tools which develop thinking skills
Teach these strategies and tools to our students
Use them often in teaching and learning
Opening the Thinking Toolbox Brainstorming The Question What if? The Reverse De Bono’sThinking Hats, PMI Tony Ryan’s Thinker’s Keys Graphic Organisers O N The learning strategy or framework Bloom’s TaxonomyThinking behaviours important in the processes of learning Learning to Learn skillsQuestioning and Info Literacy skills Thinking Tools Habits of MindThinking dispositions Defining Key Competencies
The StrategyAn elaborate and systematic plan of action designed to achieve a particular goalThe strategy provides a direction and keeps everything and everyone on track.
Bloom’s Taxonomy In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group who developed a classification of levels of thinking behaviours important in the processes of learning.
He identified six levels Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis Synthesis Evaluation Remembering The ability to grasp the meaning of material The ability to use learned material in new ways An understanding of both the content and the structural form of material The ability to put parts together to form something new The ability to judge the value of material for a given purpose
Anderson’s revised taxonomy Bloom’s Taxonomy wheel Teaching & Learning at each level this term? Discuss
Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroomUse video and photos to engage and motivate After watching the next video you will be asked to
Remember Write a list of all the information you can remember. Understand What were the main ideas? Apply Explain why the man thought the puppy was in the washing machine. Analyse What might have happened when the man opened the washing machine? Evaluate Use a flow chart to show the dangers of household appliances to pets. Create Make a pet danger warning poster for manufacturers to put on washing machines.
Bloom’s Wall Poster Question starters and activity suggestions
In my blue splayed shoes
Planning using Bloom’s Taxonomy Between the Tides Magnets Native Birds
Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to learn more about Dinosaurs The Life of a Carnivore Remembering List 6 general facts about carnivores. Name and draw some carnivore dinosaurs. What do you know about them? Understanding Write in your own words the daily routine of a carnivore. Applying Draw a 4 frame comic strip of a carnivore dinosaur hunting. Include captions, speech and thought bubbles. Analysing How were the different types of carnivores different from each other? Use illustrations and captions. Evaluating List some ways you think the world and our lifestyle would be different now if the Tyrannosaurus Rex was still alive. Creating Plan your own Jurassic Island. Use symbols and a key to show all the features.
Planning Templates Template 1 Template 2
Questioning Questioning is to thinking as yeast is to bread making
Questioning skills ‘Teaching Thinking Skills in the Primary Years – A Whole School Approach’ by Michael Pohl Levels of QuestioningThe Seven Servants QTrix Sheet20 Questions (Game and website)
Ask 2 open and 2 closed questions
SMART Goal Setting Specific Measureable Action Plan Realistic Timeframe
SMART Goal setting planning sheet
Finally ... keep using video to stimulate thinking, talking and writing While you watch the next video be thinking about:
Why did it happen?
What do you think might happen next?
What happened? Why did it happen? What happens next? You are the fisherman. Write about your thoughts.
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