By naming 26 ways of thinking in a simple alphabetical structure, the new Thinking Moves A-Z provides a language for teachers and students to reflect on their own cognitive processes - enhancing thinking and deepening learning.
An example of raising engagement in learning using the power of open questions.
When using random selection in whole class learning, if a child doesn’t respond, there are several options.
Children continually reflecting on their learning and selecting the right level of challenge.
I’ve noticed it’s useful to provide Pupil Talk Prompts that enable them to ask for thinking time or help.
‘Hands up’ is a very common way of inviting pupil participation in lessons. However, research shows that typically only around 25% of the class raise their hands.
Magical results of modelling pair talk using a ‘talking toy’.
Year 4 and Year 6 children discussing the advantages of doing P4C.
Students should be doing most of the talking.
Pair talk / talk partners is an excellent technique (as long as it’s done properly!)
Pupil Voice is an important part of my Talk Audits; here are some recent responses when I asked Key Stage 2 children their opinions about Hands Up…
After a term of working with me on Productive Talk, I asked teachers what the impact has been on their classes.
My provocation at Challenge Partners Conference, Blackpool, October 2016: What is more important: developing curiosity or measurable academic progress?
Using prompt cards to raise the level of spoken language as well as written language.
The effectiveness of children passing on key messages to other children in a successful ‘Eco Peer Educators’ project.