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Nigel Coutts

Bringing Computational Thinking into the Primary Classroom - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    Primary teachers in New South Wales (NSW) are this year and next integrating a new Science & Technology Curriculum. It brings with it a number of challenges and opportunities and while it has much in common with the existing curriculum, it will require some significant changes.
Nigel Coutts

Thinking in the Wild - Thinking routines beyond the classroom - The Learner's Way - 3 views

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    Despite this being a 'thinking' conference, despite us all being advocates for structured and scaffolded models of thinking, not one group had applied any thinking routines, utilised a collaborative planning protocol or talked about applying an inquiry model or design thinking cycle. It wasn't that we didn't know about them. It wasn't that we don't know how to use them. It wasn't that we don't value them. We had all the knowledge we could desire on the how to and the why of a broad set of thinking tools and anyone of these would have enhanced the process, but we did not use any of them. Why was this the case and what does this reveal about our teaching of these methods to our students?
Nigel Coutts

Initial Reflections on ICOT 2018 - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    The past five days have provided me with an amazing learning experience as I have attended ICOT 2018. With the conference just wrapped up and with Florida providing another remarkably wet afternoon, here are some initial reflections.  
Nigel Coutts

Project Zero Turns 50 - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    This year is the fiftieth birthday of Harvard's Project Zero, a research project designed to explore the nature of thinking and learning and from this suggest pedagogies which align with what we know about the mind. For its birthday celebration Project Zero shared insights from its five decades of research with presentations from Howard Gardner, David Perkins, Shari Tasman, Steve Seidel and Daniel Wilson. The presentations revealed the changing nature of the work of Project Zero from its early days and focus on arts education to its current position as a research organisation with broad interests across education but with a focus on thinking, understanding and the workings of the mind.
Nigel Coutts

Learning vs Work in a Culture of Thinking - The Learner's Way - 10 views

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    Earlier this year a group of teachers I work with explored the 'Eight Cultural Forces' identified by Ron Ritchhart of Harvard's Project Zero. In doing so we decided to focus on our use of the term learning instead of the word work. Our goal was to bring our language choices into the spotlight and explore how a more deliberate focus on learning might alter the culture of our classrooms. Two terms later this focus persists and it is worth reflecting on the effect that this has had.
Nigel Coutts

Making the most of opportunities for thinking - The Learner's Way - 5 views

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    What should our goal for student thinking be? How do we scaffold student thinking in ways that are meaningful while developing autonomy and encouraging students to think effectively when we are not there? What would success with thinking strategies look like? These were the challenging questions that Mark Church presented to teachers at the most recent 'Cultures of Thinking Teach Meet' hosted by Masada College.
Nigel Coutts

Tools for sharing thinking - The Learner's Way - 17 views

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    Fortunately there are a number of free tools that do these things and they are available for use on any technology platform as they require nothing more than access to the internet. Recently Eric Sheninger used a set of these tools to give his audience at the Hawker Brownlow Conference on Thinking and Learning in Melbourne a voice.
Nigel Coutts

Ideas - The Learner's Way - 14 views

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    Ask any teacher what they wish they had more of and the most common answer is likely to be time. Schools are inherently busy places and there is always much to be done. We all want to meet the needs of every student, add value to their education with breadth and depth, ensure adequate coverage of the curriculum and include aspects of play and discovery. Add up all that is done in a day over and above face-to-face teaching and you can only wonder at how we manage to fit it all into the time we have. So is there an answer to this dilemma, is there a secret method to finding more time in our schedules to achieve all that we want to?
Nigel Coutts

Hold your ideas lightly - The Learner's Way - 17 views

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    The history of teaching is littered with ideas that have come and gone. In their day each was the new bright hope, set to transform what we do as teachers and how our students learn. Each new idea had its supporters and detractors and each in turn was replaced by an alternative or simply disappeared from view. Those who have experienced this ebb and flow of ideas have learned to approach the shiny and the new with caution and yet we have all encountered ideas that are so compelling it is difficult to ignore. How might we approach new ideas and innovative practices in ways that ensure our students benefit?
Nigel Coutts

Ten reasons to teach thinking - 39 views

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    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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    goodby 2015 welcome 2016 to all friends
Nigel Coutts

Reflection from International Conference on Thinking ICOT - 12 views

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    If we teach our children to think then they will do better on the test and they will do better in life. This was one of the clear messages delivered by the presenters at the International Conference on Thinking (ICOT) in Bilbao, Spain.
Nigel Coutts

Questions that encourage deeper thinking - 57 views

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    Looking to build a list of great questions similar to 'What makes you say that?' for use with Thinking Routines.
Nigel Coutts

Interactions that encourage thinking. - 43 views

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    Recently I have been thinking about the role I play in encouraging my students to think and to trust in themselves as capable learners. This is largely due to the topic of our Term Four Unit of Inquiry.
Nigel Coutts

rediquest - Home - 45 views

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    This site combines Habits of Mind with Making Thinking Visible Routines. It is useful for teachers and students when trying to implement Habits of Mind as it provides a set of strategies to apply for each Habit, examples in the form of short films and a set of associated Thinking Routines. Also useful when looking for the right thinking routine to use for a given learning outcome or objective.
Frances DiDavide

Thinking Blocks - Model and Solve Math Word Problems - 33 views

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    Great site for modeling work problems
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    This is great! Thanks!
Frances DiDavide

Exploratree - Exploratree by FutureLab - 34 views

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    A good site for projector use. Easy to use, lots of templates or make your own.
Lesley Reilly

About Exploratree & Enquiring Minds - Exploratree by FutureLab - 0 views

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    Collaborative tool for online brainstorming or using graphic organizers. Many existing templates to modify to meet your needs.
Ruth Howard

56obama-vs-all.png (PNG Image, 1135x840 pixels) - Scaled (56%) - 0 views

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    Creator of Wordle compares all USA presidency inaugeration speeches. Here he compares Obamas speech (left) with all other president speeches combined (right).
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