With this challenge you will master strategies to develop mental processes and abilities that enable the individual to develop the ability to observe, analyse, reflect, synthesize, infer, compare and be creative. These abilities are focused on adaptation to their environment, problem solving and decision making.
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21 hours approx. in the Classroom (Practice)
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Developing the following skills:
Work on graphic organisers, among other specific techniques, used as necessary tools for suitably developing critical thinking.
Work on suitable techniques for the design and development of activities that stimulate creative thinking in the classroom, and also on identifying those techniques and strategies that promote the development of critical thinking.
Suitably and effectively teach the thinking skills and abilities for students to learn and permanently apply them in all areas of their life, planning activities to share learning objectives and criteria with students, preparing initial activities so that students can identify, anticipate and plan their action, foresee spaces to reflect on their own learning strategies, and, using activities, assess the process followed and results obtained compared with the set objectives.
The Thinking Skills and Abilities are mental processes and abilities that enable the individual to develop the ability to observe, analyse, reflect, synthesize, infer, compare and be creative. These abilities are focused on adaptation to their environment, problem solving and decision making.
Through this Challenge you will learn to create an intelligent and deliberative environment in your teaching practice through strategies, guided practices and training that are commonly known as Thinking Skills and Routines.
The thinking skills are mental processes and abilities that enable the individual to develop the ability to Observe, Analyse, Reflect,
Synthesize, Infer, Compare and be Creative. These abilities are focused on adaptation to their environment, problem solving and decision making.
There are three principles, set out at the end of the 1980s after several studies were done, that one must take into consideration when working on thinking skills and abilities in class:
- The more explicit the teaching of thinking is, the more effective it is.
- The greater the ambience of reflection in the class, the more students value the ability to think.
- The more integrated the teaching of thinking is in the transfer of contents, the more students think about what they are learning.
Thinking Routines are brief and simple strategies that help students guide thinking and structure class debates. The aim of their use is to make them a habit so they become part of students’ way of thinking.
Thinking Skills comprise a deeper and more elaborate kind of thinking, so the use of graphic organisers is nearly always necessary to explain the thought and make it visible.
The Thinking Skills and Abilities Challenge enables:
- The creation of an intelligent and deliberative environment in your teaching practice
- Creation of thinking routines and strategies
- Design of guided practices
- Creation of training
- Design of graphic organisers to explain thought and make it visible.
Through a personalised self-analysis, we will analyse and propose the course that best suits you, to first work on the skills you need most to develop your teaching competencies following your chosen Challenge.
We will propose:
- Practical case studies and different scenarios of educational practice
- Theory relating to the subject matter
- Proposal for application in your classroom or work environment
- Indications, suggestions and examples to implement real practice, gather evidence and share it with other colleagues.
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Our great commitment is that you can share your acquired knowledge and learning with the TeachersPro community comprising colleagues from different parts of the world, that you see yourself as a potential tutor for other teachers, and other participants as potential tutors for your own training.
You can ask for help through the TeachersPro community, as well as sharing your ideas and evidence of your practice, creating an exchange of knowledge that benefits everyone.
If needed, you can always turn to our team of expert tutors to give you constructive and rigorous feedback on your own evidence. You can sign up for this service on the Platform whenever you need it.
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