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Thinkwell eZine (issue 1) What is teaching thinking?

This eZine begins to explore the idea of teaching thinking. It raises key questions and concerns about how something as complex as thinking can be described in order to make it accessible and visible for teachers, tutors and students.

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Thinkwell eZine (2) - Teaching and Learning Thinking Skills and Dispositions

This eZine looks at the utility of teaching skills without also encouraging the disposition to use them. Finally, it concludes by offering 7 key classroom strategies that will be vital to the success of any teaching thinking programme or approach.

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We have extensive experience of helping schools, F.E. colleges and community organisations in a wide variety of settings to develop their curricula along with their teaching and learning methods and resources. 

Our popular and effective 'off the shelf' courses (see below) often play a part in a service that is augmented by some initial and then ongoing consultancy.
The methods and advice we provide helps to connect professional development with the learning needs of teachers and students as well as maintaining direction, focus and momentum through perceptive feedback.

Our clients include numerous primary and secondary schools, local authorities, museums, and media broadcasters.

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From a one to one chat about possibilities for school/college development to a visioning meeting that involves the whole school/college community, Thinkwell has wide experience in providing careful, effective consultancy and facilitation services to the education sector.

From a one to one chat about possibilities for school/college development to a visioning meeting that involves the whole school/college community, Thinkwell has wide experience in providing careful, effective consultancy and facilitation services to the education sector.

We believe that excellent leadership involves establishing and sharing;
- a well grounded understanding of the current situation
- a clear vision to give direction and purpose
- a shared set of lived values,
- flexibility of approach
- constant learning

Our consultancy is founded on careful, respectful listening, the establishment of trust and the employment of good judgement regarding when and how to give our opinions, evaluations an suggestions.

 

Our facilitation is guided by the same principles and utilises powerful collaborative thinking, sense-making and decision-making tools like Narrative Enquiry and Appreciative Enquiry.

To download a .PDF that gives more details of our Consultancy and Facilitation services please click here

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Thinking for Learning course participants

We are continually modifying and developing our courses to take account of changing contexts and new developments in the field.

However, all our courses are united by common principles:
           - courses take into account the current understanding and needs of the participants
           - participants are involved in active learning i.e. they use and evaluate the tools and techniques they will use with students
           - participants collaborate in constructive interaction to make sense and meaning
           - courses connect and balance theory with practical application
           - courses focus on what teachers believe their students need
           - courses are enjoyable and memorable

 

Thinking for Learning (2 days)

The Thinking for Learning 2-day course draws on years of research by colleagues at the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University coupled with our extensive experience of working with students, teachers, tutors and leadership teams to introduce and sustain self-directed learning and teaching methods in schools and colleges both here and abroad. This highly enjoyable course bringing together key elements of our other courses powerfully demonstrating the value of our coherent approach. Participants who attend both days and successfully apply their learning in their own practice qualify for a Newcastle University validated 'Certificate of Reflective Engagement'.

To download a .PDF that gives more details of our Thinking for Learning course, please click here

 

Introduction to Thinking for Learning (1 day, half-day or 2hr. taster session)

These courses and workshops are designed for those schools and colleges seeking to find out more about Thinking for Learning before committing to the full, two day course.

 

 

 

Mantle of the Expert (1-day, half-day or 2h. taster session)

Mantle of the Expert is an approach to teaching and learning that has very positive effects on teachers and learners alike.
Originated and developed by Professor Dorothy Heathcote, Mantle of the Expert is drama-based approach that succeeds in giving sense, meaning and value to the knowledge and skills that children meet in the various curriculum areas.
Children make believe they are experts who have to deal with the problems that arise as they go about their business – problems that require them to apply all they know about learning and working together along with their current learning in maths, communications, science, history, at and design, etc.
It is a refreshingly child centred approach to learning develops the creativity and technical expertise of the teacher.
Our Mantle of the Expert course is usually delivered as a one-day course but can be extended over multiple sessions to suit your needs.

To download a .PDF that gives more details of our Mantle of the Expert course, please click here

 

 

 

Philosophy for Children SAPERE Level 1 course (2 days)

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an approach that engages learners of all ages in talking and thinking carefully about things that really matter to them.
It succeeds in encouraging enquiry skills, better speaking and listening, better reasoning, and a deep consideration of values.
It is applicable at all levels of education and in a wide variety of subject areas and educational contexts.
Our Philosophy for Children Level 1 course is a SAPERE certificated practical introduction to the approach, it's methods and a wealth of resources that support it.
The course focuses on the theory and practice of developing communities of enquiry, and aims to provide participants with sufficient understanding to facilitate philosophical enquiries in their own context.

To download a .PDF that gives more details of our Philosophy for Children course, please click here

 

Introduction to Philosophy for Children (1 day, half-day or 2hr. taster session)

These courses and workshops are designed for those schools and colleges seeking to find out more about Philosophy for Children before committing to the Level 1 two-day course.

 

 

 

Creativity across the Curriculum (2-day or 1-day course, or half-day/2hr. taster session)

We developed our 'Creativity Across the Curriculum' course as part of our consultancy to Creative Partnerships and in response to the needs of those schools in Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead that were seeking to develop resources, teaching methods and curricula that would stimulate the creativity of students and teachers alike.
‘Creativity Across the Curriculum’ offers a wealth of tools, resources and teaching techniques that have been trialed in classrooms and recommended by teachers.

 

To download a .PDF that gives more details of our Creativity across the Curriculum course, please click here

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We are keen to ensure that the professional development that we provide is exactly what is needed by our clients. Therefore, if you would like to discuss possibilities for a tailor made course or professional development day, then please get in touch.

Recent tailor made days and twilights include:

  • Improving questions and questioning
  • Encouraging learning talk in the classroom
  • Introducing and embedding Habits of Mind
  • Increasing the level of challenge in learning activities
  • Learning through movement

 

 

 

 

 

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