“Creating a Culture of Thinking” with Ron Ritchhart, Nov 8-9, 2014

Cultures of Thinking Workshop

The Cultures of Thinking Workshop is designed for teachers, administrators and school leaders across grade levels and subject areas who are interested in supporting and eveloping their students as thinkers and learners. During the seminar, we will focus on the practical and concrete ways educators can create a culture of thinking in their schools and classrooms, foster the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding of content, and how to look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. Participants will be introduced to a variety of thinking routines: what they are and how they can be used to create more thoughtful classrooms.

During the seminar, we will explore such questions as:

  1. What is a culture of thinking?
  2. How can the cultural forces that exist in each classroom support and further develop a culture of thinking?
  3. How can educators provide rich and meaningful opportunities for thinking and learning?
  4. What can we learn about student thinking at different ages and stages?

Day 1

  • Big picture overview and explaining the importance of having of a culture of thinking in schools
  • Establishing a common language
  • Cultural Forces that influence thinking in classrooms
  • Developing Thinking Routines for formative practice

Day 2

  • Visible Thinking Routines – Creating opportunities for constructing these experiences in classrooms
  • Constructing ‘Assessment Ladders’ around key thinking routines – sharing a protocol for developing assessment tools and feedback for supporting students in their journey toward becoming independent thinkers. This will include how to give students feedback to move them forward in their thinking. The Assessment Ladder begins with more support and scaffolding, then helping students see what this type of thinking looks like in practice, and then helping them to develop the habits of mind (or thinking dispositions) to become independent thinkers and to push them up the ladder.




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