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The “C words” of Education

The “C words” of Education | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
I recently attended one of the largest education conferences in the United States, FETC in Orlando, Florida. The focus of the conference was the use of Technology in Education. The sessions and ven...
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Critical and Creative Thinking Continuum - ALL Learning Areas

Critical and Creative Thinking Continuum - ALL Learning Areas | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

The Australian Curriculum

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Are you designing a thinking classroom? Start your planning HERE...all Learning Areas - Thank you @ACARAeduau.
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Clear outline of one of the general capabilities by the Australian Curriculum
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The Critical and Creative Thinking Continuum is the major beginning point of planning and developing my pedagogy in regards to Critical thinking as it outlines the capabilities of all students across all learning areas.
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Ask, Don’t Tell

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Teaching is about listening, not just about talking
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A wonderful reminder for all educators - Teaching is about listening, not just about talking. In this blog post we hear about a common light bulb moment...are we letting our students 'in' to their learning, or are we just preaching facts 'at them' without taking a breath to engage and interact with their thinking?
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Inquiry - Curiosity Workshop - A Teacher-Librarian's Perspective

Inquiry - Curiosity Workshop - A Teacher-Librarian's Perspective | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
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How can teachers and/or librarians impact inquiry-based lessons? Start with an engaging opener and empower students to be observant, ask thoughtful questions, and take ownership of their learning. This interactive session will provide ideas and examples of how teachers and/or librarians can collaborate, use design thinking to create interactive and engaging openers, and develop meaningful inquiry questions that will lead to high-quality research.
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Mapping journeys of inquiry through the year: emergent, flexible and connected. —

Mapping journeys of inquiry through the year: emergent, flexible and connected. — | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
I was recently rummaging through some old papers and came across a program I had helped a school create many (MANY) years ago. It was an impressive document in its day. A carefully organised sequence of units under ‘topic’ headings. Each topic was linked to detailed curriculum outcomes and positione
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Very timely reminder about 'curriculum mapping for inquiry'. Kath Murdoch reminds us that '...Working (and planning this way) in and out of compelling inquiry questions - requires big picture, synergistic thinking and is not for the faint-hearted (or inexperienced). It requires strong curriculum knowledge and the capacity to spot an opportunity for connection between events and interests that emerge over the year and the questions themselves.'
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Exploring a range of Thinking Pathways allows teachers and students to move beyond surface learning that focuses on the memorisation of knowledge and facts, to more deep and reflective learning that is focused on developing understanding through more
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Very creative offerings from a passionate teacher from NSW..."To develop understanding of a topic or subject area, one has to experience and engage in Authentic Intellectual Activity. That means solving problems, making decisions, and developing new understanding using methods and tools (Ritchhart, Church & Morrison, 2011). Exploring a range of Thinking Pathways allows teachers and students to move beyond surface learning that focuses on the memorisation of knowledge and facts, to more deep and reflective learning that is focused on developing understanding through more active and constructive processes."
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How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry

How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Student inquiry is at the heart of student choice. When students are able to ask their own questions, they can chase their curiosity and tap into their own interests. They can build on their prior
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What are we doing in our schools to create a 'Culture of Inquiry' - are we focused on compliance and not curiosity? Love this list of strategies from John Spencer @spencerideas
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Our Whole School Inquiry

Our Whole School Inquiry | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
Why is it important to be responsible? This is an Essential Question our school is exploring across the grades through our current whole school inquiry. The vehicle driving the learning into this question is an exploration into the health of our environment. We have been overwhelmed with the level of engagement this inquiry has provoked. How…
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Love this idea for a whole-school inquiry, starting with a 'driving question' to spark curiosity and student engagement. WHY? Because it's an AUTHENTIC task...and that's the difference!
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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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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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Are You Pushing Or Pulling Students In Your Classroom? -

Are You Pushing Or Pulling Students In Your Classroom? - | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
No longer does the teacher need to be only responsible for 'covering' content, a practice that often feels like climbing the down escalator.
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'...it can be helpful to think about the design and architecture of learning in a push vs. pull kind of way... in the way that can help us empower students to think and learn about things more deeply while developing a set of processing skills that are transferable to other contexts and situations.'
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7 Critical Thinking Barriers and How to Overcome Them –

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There are plenty of things that can get in the way of critical thinking. Here are 7 common critical thinking barriers and how you can get around them.

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This will make you think..."Substantial critical thinking capacity serves us well in all aspects of our lives...problem solving, decision making, personal responsibility, and managing relationships of every kind effectively...By using real-world examples, teachers can explore concepts that help learners think more critically. However, teachers must recognize the barriers and challenges accompanied by teaching critical thinking skills."
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ACARA Primary matters - Focus on Critical & Creative Thinking - Issue 16, December 2018 

ACARA Primary matters - Focus on Critical & Creative Thinking - Issue 16, December 2018  | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
The Australian Curriculum
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Essential reading for all Primary Educators and School Leaders in Australia. In this edition, hear from Manly West Public School Instructional Leader Sara Lind, who is leading an initiative to build a deeper understanding of the general capabilities through research and evidence-based practice at her school. With changes to the landscape of education, teachers at Manly West Public School are learning to consider the general capabilities as part of their program and how students acquire the content of the learning the subjects. Staff have engaged in regular professional learning sessions, based on the research of education pioneers including Professor Bill Lucas, Carol Dweck, Charles Fadel, Charles Leadbeater and James Phelps.
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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator Teachers of young children juggle a lot
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This is BRILLIANT!

Curiosity is a powerful catalyst for learning. Young children want to understand the world around them, and naturally reveal their interests by asking questions – sometimes even too many questions! The goal of education should be to nurture and grow minds that are ready to solve problems and think critically, and asking questions is a necessary skill in that process. For this reason, we want to prioritize question asking and place it at the forefront of our mission for our classrooms and our students.

Elysha Gibson's curator insight, May 4, 2020 7:49 AM
Prompt to guide inquiry in history. My mini-unit will focus on having students complete an inquiry and I will utilise these strategies.
Matthew Handley's curator insight, May 5, 2020 7:19 PM

This article laid out several good ideas to transform learning in the classroom. For my subject area of ITD the ones that stood out for me was;

1. Have a Plan for Questions. In an inquiry-driven classroom, questions drive the learning and students drive the questions. However the questions do need to be on task, otherwise no classwork would get done.

2. Highlight the evolution of student questions. Lead question time so students keep using their curiosity to ask questions they are wondering about and build more in depth knowledge.

3 . Stop being th expert and maybe say; The way I did this process 10 years ago on the worksite was this, maybe there is a new better way we can do this project/skill.

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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it

Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they

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Doodling has long been seen as a sign that students aren’t paying attention. But it may be time to give doodling an image makeover. ... have YOU tried 'sketchnoting'?
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | Critical and Creative Thinking for active learning | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!
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THIS is the best thing ....too many reasons why I love this 'cheatsheet'. Critical thinking skills truly matter in learning. Why? Because they are life skills we use every day of our lives.
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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

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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.'
Danzkool's curator insight, December 16, 2020 4:17 PM
This article is about the brain. Well, it's about how to provoke creativity. No mention of physical activity or dancing, but it lines up well with another article I scooped -- look for the article "101 Ways" among my scoops.
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Learning: making the implicit explicit

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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

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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' :-)

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."

Danzkool's curator insight, December 16, 2020 4:10 PM
Creativity comes differently to different people. Here's a list of creativity "activators" (yes, the author provides "101" of them) that you might like to know about. Having read it, I'd add dance to the list. I can infer it at #48. But, dance as learning enrichment deserves its own perch.
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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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