Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Focus on Thinking

In August our elementary team discussed what we would focus on for the year in our monthly elementary assembly. The last two years we focused on the environment and our responsibility towards it.

At the end of last year I suggested that we group students into multi-age groups, give them a few periods a week for a month in which to work on a project, and then present what they did at our monthly elementary assembly.

Well, that  idea did not fly.

So this past August when discussed what our theme should be I suggested thinking and helping students develop better thinking strategies. Then I suggested that we, as a team, read Making Thinking Visible.

This time, it flew.

I bought the book last year, and read some of it, but I was excited to get a chance to read it with my colleagues in a "book club" setting.

We read Chapter 1 last week and we discussed it. It is interesting reading and discussing the book with others and seeing their insights.

I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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