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2017 International Thinking Skills Conference

2017 International Thinking Skills Conference

Keynote speakers:  Prof. Vivienne Baumfield (Monday 12th June) and Andy Griffith (Tuesday 13th June) with some twenty-five workshops on offer over the course of the two days. Monday 12th Programme                      Monday 12th Workshop Summaries Tuesday 13th Programme                     Tuesday 13th Workshop Summeries Click here for...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 06th May 2017

Using Thinking Maps for formative assessment

Using Thinking Maps for formative assessment

A few year ago, David Hyerle and Kimberley Williams wrote an article 'Bifocal Assessment in the Cognitive Age: Thinking Maps for Assessing Content Learning and Cognitive Processes' New Hampshire Journal,United States. 2010 In this piece, Hyerle and Williams offer tools for educators and learners to determine not only “what” is learned but also “how” it is learned. The most...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 13th March 2017

Hillyfield Primary Academy – the journey thus far …

Hillyfield Primary Academy – the journey thus far …

Background Hillyfield Primary Academy, Walthamstow, is a seven-form entry school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. At present there are over 1200 children on roll and the school will continue to grow over the next three years to reach its full capacity of 1600 children. The school is split over two sites: Hillyfield on the Hill and Hillyfield at the Park. We have been awarded...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 09th March 2017

Barbara Priestman Academy, Sunderland – Thinking School Journey

Barbara Priestman Academy, Sunderland – Thinking School Journey

Our Thinking School journey began in 2009 after it was noted in our recent Ofsted, that a vast number of our students were passive learners and the delivery of our curriculum led to our students being given information in order to pass exams but contained little opportunity for learners to discover things for themselves; to become motivated in their own learning and to want to challenge...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 09th March 2017

Andy Griffith – on Metacognition

Andy Griffith – on Metacognition

Consider this scenario.  Two Year 11 students sitting side by side in a stuffy exam hall.  Both of them are reading the same question.... One of the learners, reads the question and says to himself ‘I don’t recognise the question, I can’t do this’.  The other learner, says to herself, ‘I can’t immediately work this out.  However I know it is a question on ratio and when...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 09th March 2017

Update from Richard Cummins, March 2017

Update from Richard Cummins, March 2017

Spring is just around the corner and there is much activity in the garden - as there is also in schools here in the UK and also abroad. Schools are coming together to undertake joint training in order to share ideas as they take a whole-school approach to the teaching of thinking. Recently we began work with ten schools in Hillingdon and they will form small groups of two and three...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 09th March 2017

Parent2Parent Programme

Parent2Parent Programme

The Parent 2 Parent® (P2P) programme has been developed by Herts for Learning. Herts for Learning and Thinking Schools International (Kestrel) work closely together on a number of projects, including providing support to schools wanting to take a whole-school approach to the teaching of thinking. We all know that the partnership between school and parents is a key element in the...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 01st January 2017

Update from Richard Cummins, November 2016

Update from Richard Cummins, November 2016

I have been very fortunate to visit several schools recently and am always struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of both teachers and pupils/students. Young people talk to me about how they think and learn and explain how they use the various thinking tools in order to develop their own thinking. Their level of metacognition always impresses me. Some secondary Thinking Schools have...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 04th November 2016

Thinking Websites – Woodnewton

Thinking Websites – Woodnewton

Woodnewton, a learning community, is an Advanced Thinking School.  They have developed their own, well resourced website dedicated to thinking.  Exploring their site will give you an insight into how they plan, work, evaluate and together grow as a community of learners and thinkers. It not only outlines their thinking journey, but is also full of useful examples and practical...

Read Full Story  |  Posted on the 04th November 2016
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