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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
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Great questions to promote critical thinking and reasoning in any classroom, any lesson...

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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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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, 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, 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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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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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, 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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Group decision making templates

Group decision making templates | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
View GroupMap's exciting range of group decision making templates here by clicking on each template or category to reveal the one that suits you the most.
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Great resource to 'organise thinking'...Thanks to the folks at GroupMap

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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Teaching by topic not subject...high level integration of learning. Yet another level of education reform from Finland which we will be watching closely...Given our Australian Curriculum (with eight clearly defined Learning Areas) could this work at your school?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:03 PM

We do not prepare children for the workplace, but teaching by topic is better than outdated subject material. It shifts teaching into a more trans-disciplinary way.

 

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Justwondering

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musings of a passionate inquirer
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Great ideas to start 'wonderings' in your Inquiry classroom...

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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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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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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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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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“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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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Does your school have a 'culture of questioning'? Love this article and graphic illustrating five ways of making it happen in your classroom.

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Pam Thompson's curator insight, March 11, 7:03 PM

Does your school have a 'culture of questioning'? Love this article and graphic illustrating five ways of making it happen in your classroom.

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
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Thinking about your thinking...visible thinking and questioning! The journey of a lifelong learner..."What makes you say that?"

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, March 7, 2015 3:11 AM

añada su visión ...

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, April 27, 2015 10:15 PM

Great set of base questions to always have on hand.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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Curiosity...one of my favourite topics! Why? In my experience, when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. Read on if you're 'curious' to know why?

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