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David Hyerle’s Thinkabout blog – ‘Grit’ your Teeth …

David Hyerle’s Thinkabout blog – ‘Grit’ your Teeth …

If only students would "grit their teeth" as the expression goes, bear down, focus, decrease impulsivity, increase perseverance, and gain resilience!   Voila!   Some researchers and educators are saying that this is now the magic for success.  These folks like to say that "non-cognitive" behaviors are what we all need to focus on as if these dispositions are somehow disconnected...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 25th May 2016

David Hyerle’s Thinkabout Blog – from tacit to strategic use of visual tools – a resource

David Hyerle’s Thinkabout Blog – from tacit to strategic use of visual tools – a resource

I was thinking the other day about how much of what we do in schools stimulates thinking but actually does not directly develop students’ fluency with the tools we give them.  Remembering Gill Hubble’s writing from New Zealand reminded me about the crucial distinction she made between “tacit” to “strategic” use of visual tools.  Here is an excerpt from “Pathways to...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 27th April 2016

Thinkabout Blog – The Nature of Thinking

Thinkabout Blog – The Nature of Thinking

Instead of writing a blog, this entry is a reflective array of photos..... Patterns of thinking are found in and generated from nature.  For those of you who are using Thinking Maps, take a moment to look at these photos and reflect on this question: Where does thinking come from? Bridge of transfer                                 Flow of...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 03rd March 2016

Thinkabout Blog – Building from the Ground ….Down

Thinkabout Blog – Building from the Ground ….Down

Last month I travelled for two reasons.  One reason was to work with educational leaders in Ethiopia and the other was to travel across northern Ethiopia.  Little did I know that the real reason was waiting far beneath the ground. After flying into Addis Ababa and then north, our Thinking Foundation team began working in the city of Mekele in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. ...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 16th December 2015

Thinkabout Blog – Growing Thinking Schools in Ethiopia …

Thinkabout Blog – Growing Thinking Schools in Ethiopia …

Since 2009, Robert Price has been developing Thinking Schools Ethiopia, facilitating training with school educators and NGOs.  However, in the past 18 months the project has been building momentum, culminating in the current Growing Thinking Schools Project in Tigray, Ethiopia. What began with a social media connection is now 37 laboratory model schools representing 12 Woredas...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 12th November 2015

David Hyerle’s Think About Blog – Learning STUFF

David Hyerle’s Think About Blog – Learning STUFF

As the temperature chilled the other day with late summer here in the Sierra Mountains of California, my mind jumped months ahead to the ritual of Thanksgiving and how my Mom always filled the turkey cavity with a breaded stuffing.   How could my mind jump so far ahead ?  I really loved watching her stuff that turkey and I loved to stuff huge portions in my mouth—because there was...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 11th September 2015

David Hyerle on the Big Picture view of TSI

David Hyerle on the Big Picture view of TSI

I've just flown back from the International Conference on Thinking in Bilbao, Spain with an appreciation for all that leaders in the field over the last 30 years have given us.   This conference moves every year from country to country, having started back in 1982 when this field was just becoming identified as a key pathway for transforming schools.  Keynote presenters included...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 05th July 2015

David Hyerle’s Thinkabout Blog – Educating a Thinking Generation

David Hyerle’s Thinkabout Blog – Educating a Thinking Generation

A Citizenry that can Think “A literate citizenry is just a citizenry that can read… not a citizenry that can think.”  Dr. Yigal Joseph The documentary The Language of the Mind shares the remarkable story how visual tools have changed how students in the New Rochelle School District (New York, USA) are thinking and contributing to the overall classroom discourse, regardless of...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 03rd June 2015

Thinkabout Blog – How is your executive functioning today?

Thinkabout Blog – How is your executive functioning today?

So last week a colleague asked me to explain how the Thinking Friends program supports even the youngest children in the early years to develop "executive functioning."  That got my head whirling a bit as there are so many levels to what we are doing with these farm animals.  Much like in Orwell's Animal Farm, these animals are best when they are working together!! First, here is a...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 24th March 2015

A place we can call a Thinking School? Thinkabout Blog

A place we can call a Thinking School?  Thinkabout Blog

Over thirty years ago a comprehensive study of schools in America shook the educational establishment, almost as hard as the Sputnik launch by the Soviets a few decades before catalyzing the country to reform education.  In a book titled A Place Called School, a well-respected researcher, John Goodlad, provided a stark and honest picture of the primary teacher-student relationship,...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 24th February 2015