Creating – Imagining Innovation

Creating is at the heart of innovation.  It is based on having an understanding of function and purpose, and so grows from a learner’s capacity to adapt and utilise successful skill-sets.  This thinking mode relies on imagination. Creativity is a skill –...

Synthesising

Information and Networks In an age of information overload, learning positive habits around information and networks opens up pathways for discernment and opportunity.  Synthesis is a higher order thinking skill in the original Bloom’s Cognitive Taxonomy....

Collaborating

GROUP WORK & VIRTUAL SPACE Collaboration is cooperative group work – and is focused on different structures, i.e. Think Pair Share, Circle Time, Jigsaw groups. As well, there is now the additional opportunity to develop virtual groups.  With learning...

Communicating

PRESENTING IDEAS NON-VERBAL Communicating is the art of presenting ideas – verbally, visually, and non-verbally. It involves active listening – and is a two way process. When learners are asked to define communication they usually state it is...

Practising

Purposeful Practice needs Reviewing   Practising is working long hours to improve – which in turn means to develop automaticity.  There is the popularised focus on talent requiring 10 000 hours of practice.  But this is just one aspect of the equation.  To...

Thinking as Learning

One of the greatest disappointments is the lack of thinking in schools.  When adults are asked “How many teachers in your schooling taught you to think – not to know?” the average response is two.  This is a sad indictment on our education system....