A Thinking School is a school that puts the teaching of thinking at the heart of learning.
TSI (Thinking Schools International)
As an aspiring Thinking School, the main aim of the School is to develop a learning community with a clear focus on high expectations for improvement and excellence in teaching and learning through stimulating thinking and questioning. This requires a whole school commitment to consistent use of a common language to support the development of transferable thinking skills for students.
This is supported by the Thinking School model, a whole school approach based on implementing, embedding and sustaining thinking tools that encourage and support students to develop as independent learners.
A Thinking School is:
A learning community in which all members share a common language; where thinking strategies and tools are used across the curriculum and teachers and students have sound understanding of metacognition; where all students are developing and demonstrating independent and cooperative learning skills; where the school generates high levels of achievement and an excitement and enthusiasm for learning.
Professor Burden – Exeter University
The criteria for a Thinking School:
Thinking Tools Implemented at DYRMS (Jan 2014-present):
Thinking Maps – visual toolkit for organising critical thought processes
Habits of Mind – dispositions that support intellectual behaviours
Thinkers’ Keys – selection of questions that encourage creativity and innovative thought
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