Here’s Ian Gilbert
from Independent Thinking
speaking at TEDx in Dubai. I have the pleasure of working with Ian and I’ve included this talk because it is a pertinent reminder that we need to be brave and keep on doing things differently because the world is different.
We need to maintain our focus on explicitly practising thinking, we just know this makes sense. By teaching children how to be Quality Thinkers, we can help them develop their own capacity for creativity, confidence and curiosity. From this point, they will be armed with the qualities I seek in my work, that of the DISCERNING LEARNER. One who can select, analyse, assess and appropriately apply their knowledge and skills in a responsible, innovative and creative way.
We need to deliberately design opportunities where these learning capacities can grow. We need to alert learners to what these learning capacities look, sound and feel like, so they can recognise them in themselves both when they use them and when these capacities are missing, so they can find ways for themselves to develop them.
Some powerful responses to our questions:
“I don’t know…but I will think about it…” If you hear this in your classroom, you’ll know you’re doing something right!
My Thinking-Illustrations are below if you’re interested. This is me, practising the ‘DRAW YOUR LEARNING’ strategy (a great plenary activity to set up at the START of a lesson…a bit of backward teaching for you too!)