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The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Critical and creative thinking - Learning continuum

The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Critical and creative thinking - Learning continuum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems. Critical and creative thinking are integral to activities that require students to think broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.

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Check out the Learning Continuum for step-by-step Inquiry Process...starting with 'posing questions'!

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Critical and Creative Thinking - Rationale and Aims - Victorian Curriculum

Critical and Creative Thinking - Rationale and Aims - Victorian Curriculum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Responding effectively to environmental, social and economic challenges requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.
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Some excellent resources here for all teachers. My personal favourite 'Aim' #2 skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking
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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Teaching students how to make inferences and see positive sides of even terrible ideas can help them develop critical thinking skills.
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As educators, we know it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking...but how does our current systems allow for this to happen?
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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Can you teach Creativity?

Imagination is what stays when teachers are gone from their students’ lives. It’s what students have taken from a creative classroom and into real life. While basic knowledge and facts are important building blocks, imagination is the synthesis of that knowledge. Its the vehicle that gets them from point A to point B on their own.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.
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Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 2016 9:43 AM
Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community. Teaching and structure are important. Learning is not a free-for-all. It can be chaotic, but teachers actions and words help  bring structure to that chaos.
Pilar Moral's curator insight, April 1, 2016 4:46 AM
Another very useful reminder from the Project Zero team about the importance of 'learning how to learn' and building a 'culture of thinking' within every school community. Teaching and structure are important. Learning is not a free-for-all. It can be chaotic, but teachers actions and words help  bring structure to that chaos.
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Kath Murdoch Blog: Just Wondering...Letting go, shedding skins and teaching as trapeze….

Kath Murdoch Blog: Just Wondering...Letting go, shedding skins and teaching as trapeze…. | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

One of the great privileges of my job is bearing witness to the process of ‘reconstruction’ that teachers experience as they transit to more
inquiry-based practice.  Becoming an inquiry teacher can mean a significant degree of ‘unlearning’ as beliefs and roles are reconsidered and re-shaped. 

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So many wonderful reflective messages for all educators. Kath Murdoch has a way of 'keeping it real' and speaking directly to classroom teachers in her own reflections here. Great questions at the end of this post...perhaps something to take to your next staff meeting...just wondering!

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:59 PM

So many wonderful reflective messages for all educators. Kath Murdoch has a way of 'keeping it real' and speaking directly to classroom teachers in her own reflections here. Great questions at the end of this post...perhaps something to take to your next staff meeting...just wondering!

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Ten reasons to teach thinking

Ten reasons to teach thinking | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

The teaching of thinking is a critical endeavour for teachers and one that
brings enhanced learning opportunities for students. Unfortunately thinking  is not something that we naturally do well and as a consequence it is a skill we need to learn.

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Establishing a culture of thinking in your classroom is one thing, but encouraging an entire school to get on board with this can be difficult. This article unpacks some very worthwhile reasons to use all your powers of persuasion to bring about enhanced learning for all students.

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Racism_Worksheet.pdf

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'Imagine a world where...' is a great discussion starter. Here we have a fantastic 6 hat activity by @russeltarr via @ActiveHistory to engage your students on the topic of 'Racism'.

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum
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What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The question becomes then, what should we make visible, how, and to whom?

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM

What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The question becomes then, what should we make visible, how, and to whom?

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Posing questions can feature in all learning areas...check out the AC Critical Thinking Continuum to see the developmental scope of questioning as part of the Inquiry Process.

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:01 PM

Posing questions can feature in all learning areas...check out the AC Critical Thinking Continuum to see the developmental scope of questioning as part of the Inquiry Process.

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How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb

How Teachers Can Restore Students' Right to Wonder | MiddleWeb | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Stop asking all the questions in your classroom and usurping the "right to wonder" by teaching students to ask deeper Bloom's-friendly questions of their own.
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So many reasons why every teacher should read this article...posing questions is an essential skill for our students to harness their curiosity and wonder...too much 'teacher talk' limits classroom opportunities for critical and creative thinking.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, November 22, 2014 6:35 PM

I love the idea of the "Right to Wonder!" Students definitely need opportunities to think and wonder, to follow their quest-ions. Socratic seminar is a perfect place to practice!

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, October 18, 2015 1:21 AM

There are  many reasons why every teacher should read this article...posing questions is an essential skill for students to harness their curiosity...too much 'teacher talk' limits classroom opportunities for critical and creative thinking.

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.

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It's all about the learning...Projects are generally teacher-directed, universal, and tangent to the learning, while project-based learning is student-centered, personal, and the learning pathway itself. Put simply, it is an approach to learning rather than something to complete.

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Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.

Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they're reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and nurseries more like schools. So does the law—the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act explicitly...
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Very thought-provoking article that reaffirms what I truly believe..."direct instruction made the children less curious and less likely to discover new information...does it also make children less likely to draw conclusions...or make them less creative?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 2015 8:03 PM

Play is what centres children in their world. It is too bad adults who decide what School will be don't engage in play more often.

 

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Establishing a culture of inquiry through inquiry.

As the school year commences here in the southern hemisphere, I am reminded of one of the great paradoxes of inquiry as an approach to teaching and learning. On the one hand, helping students inquire requires such forethought and curriculum knowledge - teachers need to be highly intentional and conscious as they support students through the process. On the other hand, inquiry learners need to be given opportunity and space to find the questions that matter to them and to feel that delicious sense of possibility from teachers who expect the unexpected and are willing to follow paths that might not have appeared on the 'maps' they have drawn. So, as inquiry teachers, we need to expect the unexpected,  create a map and then be prepared to veer from it....  


How will you bring an inquiry stance to the beginning of your school year?

Just wondering…

 

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A timely reminder from Kath Murdoch...How will you bring an inquiry stance to the beginning of your school year? #justwondering 
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Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? -

Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? - | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Can You Cultivate Critical Thinking With Infographics? by Latasha Doyle One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is ensuring that your students are actually evaluating the information, rather than just regurgitating it back to you. Critical thinking skills are incorporated into nearly every lesson [...]
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A very practical, fun way to assess student understanding, creativity and level of thinking on a topic or question.
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How jumping between projects provokes creativity

How jumping between projects provokes creativity | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
How jumping between projects provokes creativity
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This explains a lot (about me!)...Alternating your time between two or more creative projects will definitely help your subconscious thinking on each of them! Your brain is a magical box where once you put things into it and shake it around a bit you’ll be surprised at what comes out. Even if you’re not actively thinking about what you’ve put into it.'
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Learning: making the implicit explicit

Learning: making the implicit explicit | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
My colleagues, Chad and Glenn, and I were not feeling very good about our teaching and learning at the start of the week. We felt that our students were confused and that our teaching had recently become a series of disconnected activities. We felt that our students would probably not be able to tell anyone…
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Absolutely love this classroom! Students who question, 'Where is the Learning?', 'Why are we doing this?'...taking control of their learning and 'thinking about their thinking'.
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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative
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'Failure is part of the creative process"...my favourite is No.24 'Embrace Weirdness' :-)

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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 2:25 PM

This is a great reference list for educators when looking for ways to ignite the critical thinking fire.  The list includes: think outside the box, be spontaneous, carry a notebook, don't give students the answers, and mix things up, just to name a few. By introducing some of these ways to scholars you will have completed #1 on the list which is "Be Open to New Ideas."

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A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature

A Little Moment of Wonder - Educated by Nature | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

 To rediscover the importance of instilling sense of wonder in children, being outside, connecting to nature and using our imagination. I know these things will bring about qualities that I want to see in my child, the ability to respect animals and the environment and not needing constant entertainment, to be calm. Through the Mud Pies Nature Play group I feel confident that children can be engaged and calmly stimulated through nature

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Curiosity, wonder and a fascination in nature...let the children play in the bush I say!

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7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder

7 Ideas for Replacing Worksheets with Wonder | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Is "worksheet" a bad word in today's educational climate? Or have worksheets gotten a bad rap? Keep in mind that not all worksheets...
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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 2:35 PM

For educators who believe that the worksheet is a necessary tool for learning, this website provides stimulating yet easy ways to replace worksheets while still gauging comprehension.  These methods allow scholars to become enthralled in deep and meaningful learning experiences through creative methods.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.
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Putting Students In Charge of Their Learning...Through inquiry, Wildwood works to ignite passion, inspire relevance, and develop ownership in their students. Using student inquiries and questions as guidance, teachers develop lessons that engage and excite, teaching their students to be active thinkers rather than passive learners
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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM
Putting Students In Charge of Their Learning...Through inquiry, Wildwood works to ignite passion, inspire relevance, and develop ownership in their students. Using student inquiries and questions as guidance, teachers develop lessons that engage and excite, teaching their students to be active thinkers rather than passive learners
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Visible Thinking

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The core routines are a set of seven or so routines that target different types of thinking from across the modules. These routines are easy to get started with and are commonly found in Visible Thinking teachers' toolkits. Try getting started with with one of these routines.

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Fantastic thinking routines for Inquiry Learning...to encourage your students to pose questions, wonder and explore. Start with the See, Think, Wonder activity. 

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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

INQUIRING ABOUT INQUIRY

Lehmann said it’s important to question whether alleged “personalized,” “project-based,” or “collaborative” learning efforts are actually helping students and teachers to “hold ourselves in a state of questioning.”

 

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“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” I like the 'soup' analogy used here...what do YOU think about Inquiry Learning?

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 2016 7:00 PM

“Inquiry means living in the soup. Inquiry means living in that uncomfortable space where we don’t know the answer.” I like the 'soup' analogy used here...what do YOU think about Inquiry Learning?

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Critical thinking includes Reflection: 40 questions to reflect on your learning

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Critical thinking includes reflectiNG on your learning...here are 40 questions via Edutopia

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Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas

Art appreciation helps young children learn to think and express ideas | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

This approach for K-12 students was developed about 20 years ago by the co-founders of Visual Thinking Strategies, a nonprofit based in New York that provides training in the method to schools and art museums. More recently, the nonprofit has introduced the concept to pre-K classes. The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.

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Teachers using classic works of art to inspire some of the youngest students to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. The visual thinking method asks three questions of young students: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find?

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Two Feet & a Heartbeat's curator insight, June 4, 2015 2:03 AM

Art is there for interpretation. perhaps your students should engage with art installations


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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
One educator rethinks Bloom's Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:51 PM

Is it starting or ending with one or the other? Or is it moving fluidly between them?

 

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