Learning outside the box begins with a thoughtThe ability to memorize facts is not enough to equip students to solve problems or navigate an evolving world. If we educate young people to become flexible, metacognitive thinkersùand model that for themù they will understand how to adapt their learning and successfully find their way in new territory. This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders:Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinkingCreate classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkersAsk questions that develop skillful thinkingHelp students formulate questions that facilitate problem solvingWork with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their childrenIncluded are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing studentsÆ creativity and decision-making skills. This timely resource is ideal for preparing leaders, teachers, and students to meet the escalating challenges of the future.
Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
About the Authors
1. Some Game Changers: The Brain, Intelligence, and the Role of Metacognition
2. How People Learn
3. Deconstructing Metacognition
4. Behaving Metacognitively: Habits of Mind
5. The Wright Brothers: An Example of Skillful Thinking
6. The Language of Thinking: How can I know what I think until I hear what I say?
7. Creative Problem Solving
8. Knowledge Networks: The Organization of Knowledge to Facilitate Metacognition
9. The Metacognitive Classroom
10. Two Powerful Classroom Tools
11. Creating a Metacognitive Learning Community: School and Home
Resources for Teachers