Reinvigorating today’s schools with Critical, Creative and Collaborative thinking Critical, creative and collaborative thinking should be at the centre of all 21st century teaching and learning. Creating Thinking Classrooms is loaded with examples, stories and strategies for reinvigorating schools with this quality thinking. Written for leaders who support teachers, this guide treats educational change as a process of renovation, rather than process of revolution, and emphasizes building upon, refining and sustaining the many good things happening in today’s schools. Practical and user-friendly, it emphasizes five key principles for learning and teaching: • Engaging students • Sustaining inquiry • Nurturing self-regulated learners • Creating assessment-rich learning • Enhancing learning through digital technology As a balanced and reasoned response to the challenges and opportunities facing schools, this book separates the rhetoric of school reform from reality by analyzing what’s actually happening and offering a plan educators can use. Recapture the fundamentals of classroom learning with a practical and powerful roadmap charting the way forward. As a principal and community superintendent, I observed firsthand how transformational the work of Garfield Gini-Newman and Roland Case is in the school community, and on a systemic level, in the school community, and on a systemic level. Creating Thinking Classrooms takes theory and research and places it directly into the hands of practitioners by offering thoughtful and immediately-useful strategies. Not only does this work transform engagement and achievement, but it also transforms thinking for both teachers and their students. Teaching and learning go from passive acquisition of information to active, purposeful, and deliberate interaction with the curriculum. It is a must-read! Ursula A. Hermann, Ph.D, retired principal and community superintendent Montgomery County Public Schools What impresses me most about Creating Thinking Classrooms is the notion of framing the retooling of schools as renovation or reinvigoration rather than as revolution. Too many seem to ignore that there are many good things worth preserving in our schools and others that need to be reframed or recast to give them greater currency. This book builds on what has worked and makes it better. The message – being purposeful and patiently focused on long-term success – is a powerful one that needs to be heard above the din. David Chojnacki, Executive Director Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools
Chapter 9: Sustain Inquiry
This chapter explains the principle of sustaining inquiry and its importance in 21st century classrooms. More specifically, it discusses
- why sustained inquiry is best understood as a mindset;
- how sustained inquiry differs from other popular versions of inquiry;
- why sustained inquiry is important;
- practices that support formal and informal inquiry.
When Jenny began the study of the California Gold Rush with her fourth-grade classes, she decided to organize the unit around an overarching critical challenge: Was going to the Gold Rush in California worth the risk?1 Before being exposed to any material about the Gold Rush, students were asked to anonymously give an answer to the critical thinking question. Their responses were displayed on a large line plot to allow students to track their thinking over ...