Thinking Protocols for Learning

Thinking Protocols for Learning: Your guide to fostering critical and creative thinking and increasing student engagement

As students navigate the complexities and challenges of a rapidly changing world, it is vital to ensure they are able to adapt, interact, persevere, act ethically and – most importantly – think. However, thinking and relational skills are not innate skills. They must be explicitly taught.

Based on the book, Thinking Protocols for Learning, these workshops bring together easy-to-use, research-based strategies for teaching thinking skills, designing group activities, and promoting a collaborative classroom environment. Begin using these ideas and watch students flourish as they learn to question, explore multiple answers, and consider multiple perspectives.

Workshops and In-School Support Services

Suggested formats: One day workshop or series of sessions tailored to the needs of your school or context.

  1. Workshops and interactive webinars:
  • Understand the development and applications of metacognition.
  • Learn how to teach various thinking skills, including critical, creative, and ethical thinking.
  • Facilitate strong group dialogue among students.
  • Explore problem solving and problem posing in order to encourage thinking-skill usage among students.
  • Embed practical strategies for teaching critical thinking skills into everyday classwork.
  1. Conference Breakouts:

Suggested topics:

  • Developing Metacognition: The gift that keeps on giving
  • Facilitating Purposeful Classroom Dialogue
  • Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Problem Posing

Contact us today to discuss how our professional learning solutions can transform your school.

Thinking & Learning Direct Impact Sessions

Promoting purposeful dialogue to build student agency with Dr Janelle Wills

Given that dialogue is a curriculum requirement and research indicates its effectiveness for learning, why does teacher talk still dominate the classroom? The reality is that implementing a dialogue-centred approach that ensures all students are fully engaged in deeper levels of thinking, exchanging ideas and meaning making is much simpler in theory than it is in practice. This direct impact session addresses these issues with practical strategies for teaching thinking skills, designing group activities and promoting a collaborative classroom environment that can be used across learning areas and year levels.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain confidence in facilitating strong group dialogue among students.
  • Understand the development and applications of metacognition.
  • Learn how to teach various thinking skills, including critical, creative and ethical thinking.
  • Embed practical strategies for teaching critical thinking skills into everyday classwork.
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