Monday, July 16, 2012

Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills are the mental processes we use to do things like: solve problems, make decisions, ask questions, make plans, pass judgements, organize information and create new ideas. 
Often we're not aware of our thinking - it happens automatically - but if we take time to ponder what's going on then we can become more efficient and more creative with our minds.

Strategic and Reflective Thinking Skills

This is meta-cognition - thinking about thinking. 
It can involve planning, monitoring and evaluating your use of the cognitive skills above. 
A good way to introduce young thinkers to reflective thinking is by making a display like the one below.

What is in your head?: A photo of a display of silhoette heads with a collae of pictures of their thinking inside thier heads 

Reference: Aspiro Education Limited, 2009, Thinking Classrooms, [Online] 
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