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Learn more about Thinking Skills and how they can be infused into any subject area. Find out how to use Thinking Skills resources to deepen understanding, improve recall and increase pupil engagement.
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KEY IDEAS ABOUT THINKING SKILLS

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT THINKING SKILLS An Article introducing Thinking Skills.

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Categories: Article, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills are mental processes we use to do things like: solve problems, make decisions, ask questions, construct plans, evaluate ideas, organise information and create objects. There are many frameworks of thinking including Bloom's Taxonomy, DeBono's thinking tools and Lipman's modes (Moseley et al, 2005).
Thinking Skills can be put into two broad categories; cognitive and strategic/reflective:

Cognitive Thinking Skills:

Information Gathering:
  • Sensing – seeing, hearing, touching
  • Retrieving – memory skills
Basic Understanding:
  • Organising gathered information
  • Forming concepts
  • Linking ideas together
Productive Thinking:
  • Using information and understanding
  • Creating, deciding, analysing, evaluating
Child Thinker 1 Child Thinker 2 Child Thinker 3

Strategic/Reflective Thinking Skills:

This is metacognition - thinking about thinking. It can involve planning, monitoring and evaluating your use of the cognitive skills above. A good way to introduce young thinkers to reflective thinking is by making a display like this one (from Nettlestone Primary):

What is in your head?: A photo of a display of silhouette heads with a collage of pictures of their thinking inside their heads

Thinking skills are implicit in many of the educational interventions shown to raise pupil achievement. For example, identifying similarities and differences in subject knowledge (Marzano, 2001), improves grades whilst using the skills of evaluation, decision making and problem solving.
Lessons can be more interesting, more engaging and more challenging when they include a range of thinking skills. Students work harder and achieve more.
Teachers can become more effective and gain a great deal of satisfaction by infusing their lessons with a variety of thinking skills.
The thinking skills debate is ongoing: should we teach knowledge and facts or thinking skills?Enlightened educators create lessons that make knowledge interesting and memorable through thinking skills. They do both rather than one or the other.


Books Thinking Skills Training

I’ve been using Thinking Skills in classrooms and training rooms for over a decade and have written widely and practically on the subject.

I often run non-closure days in schools to demonstrate simple techniques for building Thinking Skills into the curriculum.

All my training is shot-through with opportunities to think, reflect, create and evaluate, demonstrating how easy it can be to bring Thinking Skills alive for all ages.

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Thinking Classroom Featured Thinking Skills Resources

Journey Stick Thinking

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Journey Stick Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool inspired by ancient story telling and memory techniques. Pupils create a stick that represent key facts, events and ideas. It's use for recall then embeds ideas in sequence. Includes a Christmas example.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Early Years, Infant, Junior, Boys' Learning

Tags: Memory Multiple Intelligences Christmas

STAMP Thinking

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STAMP Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a memorable template for quickly assessing evidence, opinion and reports.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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21 Things To Do With Thinking Cubes

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21 Things To Do With Thinking Cubes A Product Resource providing 21 suggestions for using the ever popular Thinking Cubes - these are in addition to the instructions that come with the set.

Categories: Other Resources, Thinking Skills, Assessment, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Thinking Cubes Assessment Thinking Skills
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Patchwork Thinking

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Patchwork Thinking A very popular Thinking Skills Tool that uses basic subject knowledge to make creative connections. Straightforward to plan and run in class. Makes content memorable and interesting.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Connections

Hotter Thinking

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Hotter Thinking Thinking Skills Tool that helps you to reflect on the type of questions that you use most in class and then to develop a broader range of higher order prompts.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Questioning, Any Subject, Educators, Thinking Skills

Tags: Bloom's Taxonomy Questioning
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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind
by Mike Fleetham

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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind <br>by Mike Fleetham A Book containing 27 original tales with follow-on currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy infused with the full range of Thinking Skills inspired by Bloom's Taxonomy. Classroom tasks with photocopiable worksheets that will save you planning time and embed Thinking firmly into everyday lessons. 

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Categories: Book & EBook, Thinking Skills, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Bloom's Taxonomy Thinking Stories

Memory Team Thinking

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Memory Team Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for developing collaboration and memory.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Memory Skills, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Infant, Junior, Secondary, Boys' Learning

Tags: Memory Team Work Archive
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30 Questions

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30 Questions A Poster with 30 questions to ask in class - teacher to pupil, pupil to teacher and pupil to pupil. A handy visual reminder to vary and deepen questions for learning.

Categories: Poster, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Questioning
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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar

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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar A Think Sheet offering a more creative twist on KS2 Grammar.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Grammar Assessment
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Stories for Thinking
by Robert Fisher

Stories for Thinking <br>by Robert Fisher Stories for the classroom with thinking skills questions.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Thinking Skills, English

Tags: Stories

Once Upon an If
by Peter Worley

Once Upon an If <br>by Peter Worley Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook, a practical story-based resource with multiple curriculum wins.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy

Tags: Stories

Thinking for Learning
by Mel Rockett & Simon Percival

Thinking for Learning <br>by Mel Rockett & Simon Percival One of the first NEP books to combine thinking skills theory with its practical classroom applications. Includes basic concepts, short case studies and learning activities.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Thinking Skills

Tags: Quality Teaching

How to Teach Thinking & Learning Skills
by Jane Simister

How to Teach Thinking & Learning Skills <br>by Jane Simister A step by step programme for embedding thinking skills into day to day practice. Progressive and pragmatic.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Thinking Skills

Tags: Quality Teaching

Thinking Classroom Featured Thinking Skills Web Links

More About High Order Thinking

More About High Order Thinking What to say to help activate pupils' high order thinking.

www.med.wright.edu QuestionTemplates.pdf

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Categories: Websites, Thinking Skills

Tags: Questions

Northern Irish Curriculum

Northern Irish Curriculum Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities as interpreted for the Northern Irish curriculum. On this page you can watch a video of Carol McGuinness whose ideas partly inspired this website.

www.nicurriculum.org.uk/what_are_tspc/

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Categories: Websites, Thinking Skills, Curriculum

Tags: National Strategies

Online Diamond 9s

Online Diamond 9s Many subject-linked Diamond 9 templates.

www.classtools.net/samples/diamond9

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Categories: Websites, Thinking Skills

Tags: Activity

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