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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

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How do we help novice learners become more expert? Peter Skillen uses collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social talk into deeper thinking.

Skillen begins this post by comparing novice learners and expert learners. He states (all quoted below):

* Novices typically don't plan, monitor, and reflect on their learning.

* Expert learners use 'multiple representations."

* Novices typically don't generate a number of potential solution strategies.

* Novices engage in 'knowledge telling' rather than 'knowledge transformation.'

* Expert learners make multiple passes at knowledge.

* Experts view 'mistakes' as opportunities.

There are two additional statements and each includes additonal information.

He then looks at scaffolded journal writing and provides a variety of sentence starters to help students move "along the continuum from novice to expert." You will find Planning Starters, Reflection Starters, Comment or Discussion Starters, and Elaboration Triggers.

The final portion of this post discusses challenges, and the need "to engage your students in developing their own sentence starters."


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Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools

Online Interactive Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools | ks3humanities | Scoop.it

This post shares a robust list of "Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools...designed to provide a scaffold which enables students to think with more depth and structure."

Each tool (and over 35 are provided) has a brief description which explains how the student would use the tool, often referring to Habits of Mind or Multiple Intelligences. Links to all are provided.


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Mohini Lata's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:27 PM

The Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to enable students to think with depth and structure. This article Thinking Tools builds inclusive learning by building students coping and problem solving capacities. This article links with my topic of Using Mathematical Higher Order Thinking in the digital Technologies to present their thoughts and findings using Multiple Intelligences. This program could be used to support the Digital Technologies processes and production skills strand of the proposed Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculums sub-strand of Interactions and impacts.  The learning curve provides inclusive learning by building cohesive learning partnerships

Ange McSweeney's comment, June 10, 2013 8:22 AM
Hi Mohini,
Just had a read of this article - fantastic! I really like how they have presented the interactive thinking strategies and tools that promote deep thinking and further structure. I think this article is particularly important in relation to the topic of higher order thinking in mathematics, which is so vital to students being educated in the 21st Century by fostering critical thinking.
Great job, feel free to check out my curated collection on implementing technology eucation through science with a focus on Natural Disasters at http://www.scoop.it/t/implementing-technology-education-through-science
Thanks again for your insight and hard work,
Ange :)