Thinking Skills Development:
Development of Higher-order thinking by students involving the transformation of information and ideas. This transformation occurs when students combine facts and ideas and synthesise, generalise, explain, hypothesise or arrive at some conclusion or interpretation. Hence, by developing thinking skills to higher levels, we develop information processing skills (Finding relevant information Organizing, information, Representing or communicating information), Reasoning skills (Giving reasons, Making inferences or deductions, Arguing or explaining a point of view),Enquiry skills, (Asking question, Planning research or study, Engaging in enquiry or process of finding out), Creative thinking skills (Generating ideas, Imagining or hypothesizing, Designing innovative solutions), Evaluation (Developing evaluation criteria, Applying evaluation criteria, Judging the value of information and ideas).
Project based learning
In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. Project-based learning involves,
- Asking and refining questions
- Debating ideas
- Making predictions
- Designing plans and/or experiments
- Collecting and analyzing data
- Drawing conclusions
- Communicating ideas and findings to others
- Asking new questions
- Creating artifacts
Visual learning strategies such as Thinking Maps, graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining and more are being vital in education. These strategies help students or all ages better manage learning objectives and achieve academic success. As students are required to evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources, incorporate new knowledge with what they already have learned, and improve writing skills and think critically, visual learning tools help students meet those demands. Paired with the brain’s capacity for images, visual learning strategies help students better understand and retain information.
Collaborative learning & Collegial Coaching
Collaborative learning refers to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups toward a common goal. The students are responsible for one another’s learning as well as their own. Thus, the success of one student helps other students to be successful. Moreover, through Collegial Coaching method where teachers are paired together to help one another grow and improve with feedback and support, aimed at increasing collegiality, improving instructional delivery and ultimately having significant positive impacts on student learning and achievement.
Differentiated instruction is a process through which teachers enhance learning by providing guidance to teachers in creating learning environments that address the diversity typical in all classrooms and enabling teachers to learn how to differentiate instruction in order to make certain that every student grows in all key skills and knowledge areas. Differentiated instruction allows all students to access the same classroom curriculum by providing entry points, learning tasks, and outcomes that are tailored to the students’ needs.
De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
Hats are easy to put on and to take off. Each hat is a different color which signals the thinking ingredient. In a group setting each member thinks using the same thinking hat, at the same time, on the same thinking challenge a tool that facilitates creativity and collaboration. It enables each person’s unique point of view to be included and considered. Argument and endless discussion become a thing of the past. Thinking becomes more thorough.
Class room and Behavior Management
The most effective ways to deal with class room and behavior management challenges. Practical ways to create classroom environment that reinforces positive behavior, stimulates attention and imagination and makes teacher expectations clear to the students.