Teaching Thinking Pocketbook

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Description Teaching Thinking contains a pocketful of tools, techniques and inspiration for dynamic, challenging lessons that nurture better thinking.

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Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, Support Staff, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Subject Knowledge, Out of school, In school, Online, After-school meetings, Demonstration lesson, Book, e-Book
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Thinking skills can be learned, practised and improved. As we develop our ability to think, we improve our capacity to learn. Teaching Thinking aims to enable teachers to actively intervene in students’ cognitive development, changing the way they think and learn. Regardless of age, perceived ability or background, students can improve their thinking and learning with encouragement, guidance and practice.

Evidence underpinning this approach

Teaching Thinking applies the PRICE taxonomy which organises thinking skills into five categories – Processing Information, Reasoning, Inquiry, Creative Thinking and Evaluation. Each category provides a chapter heading within which a range of ‘thinking tools’ is provided - teachers can use these practical strategies to develop their students’ thinking skills in that specific area. The ‘thinking tools’ are versatile, fun and can be used at every stage from Reception to Degree Level. With tips for planning ‘the thinking lesson’ , the suggested activities will involve pupils using and combining a range of different thinking skills –and a ‘troubleshooting’ approach helps teachers select the most effective tool for the job.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The value of thinking tools is that they introduce and guide students through the skilful practice of required thinking, making the thinking process visible and explicit. The use of thinking tools provides a visible record of thinking processes for teachers and their pupils to reflect on and discuss. Students will grow in confidence with their thinking processes and acquire skills that will carry them through lifelong learning.

Follow-up activities and support

Anne de A’Echevarria and Ian Patience are the co-ordinators of Thinkwell, an organisation that works with schools and colleges using their ‘Thinking for Learning’ approach to create powerful learning experiences for educators and students. Anne and Ian can be contacted at www.thinkwell.org.uk



Teaching Thinking will enable you to develop learners across the age and ability range. Discover how to help students overcome problems which act as barriers to progress and development including processing information, reasoning and inquiry.