Thinking Diagrams: Processing and Connecting Experiences, Facts, and Ideas

Thinking Diagrams: Processing and Connecting Experiences, Facts, and Ideas


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Higher-order thinking questions (and their answers) are considered by many to be the holy grail of teaching. Teachers know when students "get it", but the question remains "How do you teach students to think explicitly and intentionally?" This book uses a series of diagrams to make thinking explicit by using students' personal experiences as the foundation for their thinking. Thinking Diagrams will help the reader move beyond understanding what metacognition is to teaching students how to understand their thinking in visual form. This book is filled with contemporary and practical insights regarding helping teachers of all levels foster classrooms rich in student thinking, creativity, and learning.

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ISBN-13: 9781475828689
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Mickey Kolis is the author of four books, a veteran public school teacher, and currently a university professor. Making learning relevant is his highest professional aspiration.

Benjamin Kolis is an actor, director, and theatre-maker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I Why Thinking Questions? 5

1 Rachel's Story Questions of Dispositions 10

2 Jack's Story Questions of Knowledge 16

3 Sarah's Story Questions of Skills 22

4 Ramone's Story Questions of Relevance 26

Part II Where Thinking Questions Begin: Experience(s) 33

5 Senses 37

6 Processing 43

7 Mental Models and the Power of Emotion 49

8 Induction and the Need for Multiple Experiences 57

9 Thinking is Messy Circular Thinking and the Re-Concept 65

Part III "Past" Thinking Questions 71

10 Analysis 73

11 Analysis Continued: Same/Different 79

12 Insight 82

13 Appraisal 86

14 Summary 90

15 Evaluation 94

Part IV Future Thinking Questions 99

16 Creativity 102

17 Critical Thinking 107

18 Action-Plan and Do (Like an Expert) 112

Part V Making Art 119

19 Planning for Thinking Questions 120

20 Creating Art with Thinking Questions 129

Appendix A Answers to the Analysis Questions 131

Appendix B Meeting of the Minds 133

Appendix C Idea Evaluator 135

Appendix D Central Concepts 137

References 140

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