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Thinking Classroom Thinking Classroom Philosophy in 4 Questions

What ?

  • Teach learners how to think and learn
  • Discover, value and use learners' strengths and interests
  • Combine the best new educational practices with the best traditional ones
  • Build and enrich learning relationships
  • Develop growth mindset characteristics and grit

Why ?

  • Because learners need knowledge, flexible skills and grit to succeed
  • Because future economic & life success depends on skills and creativity
  • Because everyone learns in a unique way
  • Because education must continually prepare learners for an exciting but uncertain future
  • Because of Article 13a, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

How ?

  • By continually increasing the effectiveness of teaching
  • By teaching for character as well as content
  • By valuing each learner for what they do well
  • By educating for skills, character and values as well as knowledge
  • By preparing learners for their futures not our pasts
  • By valuing, supporting and resourcing all educators

What if...

  • All learners were engaged, excited and interested in their lessons?
  • 'School' evolved to match different lifestyles and different learning styles?
  • Teachers had time to enjoy their profession and real opportunities to thrive?
  • There was only one initiative and it was called "Learning"?
Thinking Classroom In this section

This open area will help you with the 'How?' and inspire you towards the 'What if?'.

Explore the pages for information, ideas and classroom resources. The first 3 sections look at personalised learning and thinking:

  1. Learning Styles which describes the initial 'Accessing' part of learning: the unique preferences that we all have for how we experience new information and ideas (visual, auditory, together, alone, outside, inside etc.).

  2. Thinking Skills which explains how we 'Process' ideas once we've experienced them: how do we assimilate, evaluate, organise, play around with and plan to use what we've found out.

  3. Multiple Intelligences which shows the many different ways in which we can 'Express' what we've just accessed and processed: do we prefer to write it down or talk about it? Sing it or dance it? Draw it or paint it? There are more ways to demonstrate your learning than through a written exam.

    Further pages offer ideas and resources on specific educational topics:

  4. Gifted, More Able and Talented learners come in all shapes and sizes. Find out who they are, how to identify them, and how to give them what they need.

  5. Boys' Learning needs are often missed out in the classroom. Find out how to design learning for boys' strengths and in doing so raise engagement for everyone.

  6. Skills-based Learning develops life and work skills through curriculum knowledge rather than as a bolt on subject. Find out how to embed teamwork, independence, problem solving and more into any subject.

  7. Creativity is more than using paint in Literacy. It's a set of skills, characteristics and values that help learners to solve problems and make new things of value in their world. Learn how to give any lesson a creative makeover.

  8. Leadership is far more than organsing other people. Discover tools and ideas for direct and indirect leadership - from the classroom to the boardroom.