Nov/Dec 2020: This informative new series of webinars explores Visible Thinking and Thinking Routines; key structures and practices for the classroom to support the development of metacognitive learners. And, due to popular demand, we included another webinar on the What and Why of being a Thinking School.
Visible Thinking: Visible Thinking aims to integrate the development of students' thinking with learning of content through effective questioning, listening, documentation and the use of Thinking Routines. Designed for School Leaders and Teachers this Webinar looks at:
- Why is making thinking visible important?
- How can thinking be made visible?
- Which kinds of thinking build understanding?
- What are some of the benefits of using Thinking Routines?
- How can teachers begin to use Thinking Routines?
Hosts: Paul Tyack, Thinking Matters Consultant and Dr Helen Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Education, School of Education, Swansea University.
Visible Thinking Routines: Building on our Visible Thinking webinar, this is designed for Teachers and those wanting to learn more about how to use Visible Thinking Routines in their classrooms. These are simple structures to develop thinking such as a set of questions or a short sequence of steps (e.g.Think, Pair, Share). The Webinar explores:
- How are teachers using Thinking Routines in their classrooms?
- How do Thinking Routines support students in exploring, organising and questioning ideas?
- What have teachers noticed about their students when using Thinking Routines?
- What are the pros and cons of introducing Thinking Routines in different contexts.
Hosts: Paul Tyack, Thinking Matters Consultant and Laura MacMillan, Belmont Academy, sharing how Thinking Rountines are used in the classroom.
What is a Thinking School and Why become one?: What do we mean by whole school metacognition? This Webinar looks at what it actually means to be a Thinking School, what's different about the pedagogy and the pupils in Thinking Schools and what are the significant benefits involved.
Hosts: Judith Davies, Headteacher, Danescourt Primary School, Cardiff, and Joanne Thompson, Drive Team Leader, Brownlow Integrated College, County Armagh.
September 2020: This series of Webinars are designed for School Leadership and those wanting to learn more about adopting a whole school approach to developing metacognitive learners. The Webinars looks at what it actually means to be a Thinking School, what's different about the pedagogy and the pupils in Thinking Schools and what are the significant benefits involved.
What is a Thinking School?: This Webinar explores what it means to be a Thinking School. What sets a Thinking School apart from a non-thinking school? What does a Thinking Classroom look like and what learning behaviours can one expect to see from pupils?
Hosts: Ciaran Beatty, Headteacher, St James’s Primary, Richmond and Gemma Aukett, Thinking School, Coordinator, Gordon School, Surrey.
Why Become a Thinking School?: What are the benefits of being a Thinking School? How does it impact on your pupils, staff and the whole school?
Hosts:Alison Jacob, Headteacher at Edgware Primary School, London and Belinda Kistell, Asst Head, Leventhorpe Academy.
July 2020: This series of Webinars focused on the meaning of metacognition, how it can enhance the Recovery Curriculum and ease the process of pupils' return to learning after lockdown. The Webinars are designed for School Leadership and Classroom Practitioners.
Webinar 1: Metacognitive Tools for the Recovery Curriculum: Using Thinking Frames to Reflect on Lockdown Experiences. This webinar acts as an introduction to further online training on the Recovery Curriculum and Thinking Frames and how we can support schools in the most effective way.
Hosts: Lorna Gardiner (Head of Thinking Matters, Ireland), Claire Lawton (Head of Thinking & Learning, Danescourt Primary School).
Webinar 2a: Metacognitive Tools for the Recovery Curriculum: Using Habits of Mind to Reflect on Lockdown Experiences. This Webinar is the perfect introduction to further online training on the Recovery Curriculum and Thinking Frames.
Hosts: Teresa Williams (Head of Training, Thinking Matters) and Richard Coe, Vice Principal, Glenmoor and Winton Academies, Bournemouth.
Webinar 2b: Metacognitive Tools for the Recovery Curriculum: Using Habits of Mind to Reflect on Lockdown Experiences. This Webinar is the perfect introduction to further online training on the Recovery Curriculum and Thinking Frames.
Hosts: Teresa Williams (Head of Training, Thinking Matters) and Peter Short, Yr 3 Teacher, Wellington Primary School, Hounslow.
Webinar 3: Motivating Staff for the New Term. This webinar explores sustainable strategies to improve leadership-staff relationships in times of change, optimising staff motivation when there's no time.
Hosts: Sonia Jewers (Occupational Psychologist, Change Management Expert & Thinking Matters Consultant), Charlotte Wheeler (Co-founder, The Oak Montessori).
Webinar 4: Why Metacognition is Central to the Recovery Curriculum. This webinar examines the evidence for metacognition to transform progress in ‘normal’ times and questions if it is the right approach in ‘unprecedented’ times. It explores how to develop independent learners in the current environment.
Hosts: Dr David Walters (Hon Research Assoc, University of Exeter), Dr Helen Lewis (Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Swansea).
As a thank you for attending one of our webinars on behalf of your school, we will issue the school with FREE Membership to the Thinking Schools Network.