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Erin Healy - Critical and Creative Thinking


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A presentation from the inaugural TeachMeet Kununurra, held at the Kununurra Community Library on 14 November, 2013

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Erin Healy - Critical and Creative Thinking

  1. 1. Nurturing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills Erin Healy St Joseph’s Kununurra
  2. 2. What are Critical and Creative Thinking Skills? • Thinking is complex, a variety of skills that we often use in collaboration with each other • Encouraging children to think for themselves • Metacognition
  3. 3. Why? • We want our students to become independent thinkers • Improves neuroplasticity of the brain • Improves cognitive growth • General capabilities • Early Years Learning Framework • Engage all children, especially those with FASD and trauma in new ways
  4. 4. A thinking classroom Is a classroom where;  Opportunities to solve different types of problems Different ways of thinking are valued Practice is provided Ideas and demonstrations of thinking are valued, acknowledged and encouraged
  5. 5. How do you identify creative kids? ☺They are imaginative, respectful and uninhibited ☺They are open to new idea and see things in a different way ☺They are curious, alert and adventurous ☺They are risk takers
  6. 6. ☺They are independent in their thinking and social behaviours ☺They are inventive ☺They are good at solving problems ☺They love challenges and can be easily bored with routine and mundane tasks
  7. 7. How? • Classroom set up • Classroom management • Language of instruction • Open ended activities • Reflections
  8. 8. Getting started • Use strategies and provide experiences that; - honor the thinking process -recognise the possibility that there is more than one answer - value alternative views - promote attentive listening - foster whole group engagement - support problem solving, creative and flexible thinking
  9. 9. Getting started • Select a challenge • Present it to the whole group • Every child provides a response • Answers can be real or fanciful • Support those who need it
  10. 10. The St Joey’s Context • Kindergarten • Pre Primary • Kindy and Year 4 Buddy class
  11. 11. There was an old lady…
  12. 12. Stepping Stones Visit
  13. 13. Melbourne Cup
  14. 14. Melbourne Cup
  15. 15. Melbourne Cup
  16. 16. Melbourne Cup
  17. 17. Melbourne Cup
  18. 18. What pets do we have?
  19. 19. What pets do we have?
  20. 20. What pets do we have?
  21. 21. What pets do we have?
  22. 22. What pets do we have?
  23. 23. What would be a good/bad pet for the Pigeon?
  24. 24. What would be a good/bad pet for the Pigeon?
  25. 25. What would be a good/bad pet for the Pigeon?
  26. 26. Transition Questions Something that is an animal Something that is soft Something that could be invisible Something that is scary Something that you are not having for lunch • Something that you find at home • • • • •