About the Course
As educators we know the critical importance of the ability to think.
This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create, cultivate and nourish thinking skills in their students.
This course aims to:
- Introduce a thinking skills programme to teachers who wish to develop the thinking skills ability of their students.
- Equip teachers with the knowledge and understandings necessary to create & support a thinking skills orientated classroom environment.
- Assist teachers to distinguish between the traits of a ‘Good Thinker’ as opposed to a ‘Weak Thinker’.
- Introduce teachers to the ‘9 Thinking Tools’ through focus lessons.
- Engage teachers with a wide range of published literature on the subject of thinking skills.
- Know the essential ingredients of creative thinking ability.
- Introduce teachers to the concept of the ‘Six Thinking Hats’.
- Help teachers better understand that when children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things and that adult support in this process enhances their ability to think critically and ask questions.
- Enable teachers to better appreciate that a ‘Thinking Skills’ approach to the curriculum reaps rich rewards and requires little resource wise, other than an informed, skilled, creative and alert teacher.
- Look at, review and score one’s own ‘Teacher Practice in Literacy’ as part of the SSE process.
|01 - Understanding the different modes of thinking: Critical, Lateral, Parallel, Creative, and Constructive thinking. More importantly though is the fact that they will learn the nine basic tools of thinking focus and be able to teach these skills simply in the classroom.|
|02 - Development and understanding of three focus skills: Alternative Focus, Brainstorm Focus and Consequence Focus.|
|03 - Development and understanding of three more focus skills: Aims Focus, Viewpoint Focus and Priority Focus.|
|04 - Understanding of lateral and creative thinking processes and it’s essential ingredients.|
|05 - ‘The Six Thinking Hats’, their purpose and application within the curriculum.|