While I was blankly staring at products at a local retailer this week, I overheard a parent chastising their child with the often heard quote, "What were you thinking?". It spurred me to reflect on how we help students learn thinking skills within the classroom. The term "Thinking Skills" is not a new term for educators in classroom and lesson design. Leaders such as Howard Gardner, Art Costa, and Ron Brandt have provided direct correlations to thinking skills and student success.
Here are three practical approaches that Willard staff utilize to improve students' thinking skills. 1) Teaching forThinking - Teachers and administrators establish and develop a rich environment for improving thinking. Lessons and classroom design are intentional in design and foster student creativity, ideas, and learning styles. 2) Teaching of Thinking - Thinking is a skill. Like athletes or musicians, thinking must be practiced and refined. Willard teachers instruct students in skills and strategies for thinking as well as habits of mind. In classroom settings, students are given the opportunity to hone their problem-posing, problem solving and reflective thinking skills. 3) Teaching about Thinking - Teachers help students understand how they think and how the brain learns and processes. As children mature, we assist them in understanding that the human brain is the seat of learning.
The skills of thinking are critical to students' future successes. Administrators and classroom teachers are always seeking opportunities to assist students in improving critical thinking skills. As you have additional time with your children over the upcoming holidays, embrace those teachable moments and encourage them to share exactly what they are thinking. It may give you an opportunity to improve their skills and you may be amazed by their responses.
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District Says Thanks to Patrons for Voting
Willard Schools would like to thank our patrons that voted in the November 4 election. The number of votes cast is a tribute to our great Willard Schools community.
Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy breakfast and have your picture taken with Santa November 22, 2014 while supporting the Willard Public Schools Occupational Therapy Department. For details click Breakfast with Santa
Christmas Color Run
The Willard Intermediate School 2nd Annual 5K Christmas Color Run will be held on November 22, 2014 at the Jackson Street Park.
3rd Annual Willard Turkey Trot
Bring the family and support the Willard Care to Learn & Willard Parks Scholarship fund by participating in the annual Willard Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. See the attached registration form for more information.