Our thinking ability is what makes us distinctively human. Yet we have no generally accepted approach to teaching thinking – and no common vocabulary to describe different ways of thinking. This, when you think about it, is extraordinary. Imagine trying to teach or learn maths if we did not have commonly accepted terms such as add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Thinking Moves A – Z provides a vocabulary for thinking. The moves themselves are not new – we all use them in our learning and our life every day. But now we have a way of talking about how we think, and that gives us a means to work on improving the effectiveness of our thinking. You might ask, do we really need a full A – Z of different moves? Well, if the Inuit people of the Artic region need 50 words for snow, having just 26 to describe humanity’s most sophisticated capability doesn’t seem excessive.
Thinking Moves A – Z is a structured approach to thinking about thinking – a framework for metacognition. In this video, Roger Sutcliffe explains how it works.
A Framework for Metacognition
Research by the Education Endowment Foundation has shown that effective strategies for metacognition and self-regulation:
- Have consistently high levels of impact;
- Are better when taught in collaborative groups so that learners can support each other and make their thinking explicit through discussion;
- Require pupils to take greater responsibility for their learning;
- Can be particularly effective for low achieving and disadvantaged pupils.
Thinking Moves A – Z supports every step of the EEF’s recommended framework for metacognition and self-regulated learning.
How to Use Thinking Moves
Regular reference by teachers to Thinking Moves will motivate pupils to practice and demonstrate different sorts of thinking. Click here for examples of how to use two Thinking Moves in the classroom:
You will find all 26 moves in Roger Sutcliffe’s book: Thinking Moves A- Z.
DialogueWorks offers a choice of twilight training sessions or one-day courses, for whole schools or individual teachers on Thinking Moves which will:
- Introduce you to the Thinking Moves A – Z;
- Show you how to enrich inquiry based learning programmes, such as Philosophy for Children, by incorporating Thinking Moves;
- Show you how to build Thinking Moves into the main curriculum;
- Give you practical guidance on how to embed Thinking Moves in your school’s overall approach to teaching and learning.
- Price for a one-day course including 2 copies of the book and one year’s access to the teaching resources is £1,000 for up to 25 participants
We offer a range of supporting resources to help you build Thinking Moves into your teaching and learning:
- Thinking Moves A – Z Book: comprehensive guide to all 26 Thinking Moves, with associated games, exercises and other learning activities;
- Thinking Moves Curriculum: 20 plans for inquiry based lessons, covering the full range of Thinking Moves;
- Thinking Moves Online: tips for incorporating Thinking Moves into all areas of the curriculum, and skill building webinars;
- Thinking Moves Evaluation: survey based evaluation tools to monitor teacher and student progress with the adoption of Thinking Moves and impact on metacognition
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