We know you have to teach the national curriculum but a thinking approach to teaching is mostly about the nature of the task you set your students. This you have the freedom to do and it often only requires a subtle change of approach. K:ono gives you a way of doing that while keeping within your curricula.
Types of thinking
Thinking in a certain way, e.g. creatively, logically, critically, clearly, is a process that we can explain and teach. Feedback from our courses tells us that our techniques help teachers think, as well as students. These are thinking techniques that will help you make decisions, be original and solve problems. Whats not to serotonin rush?
Thinking and Learning Skills
Thinking and Learning Skills are vital to prepare students for the experiences we know they will meet in life and also for those experiences we cannot know about. K:ono presents a comprehensive list of the main thinking and learning skills, we then break these down into bite size pieces so that they can be incorporated into your lessons over the year.
As with all knowledge and skills we can view the teaching of T and L skills as a 3 stage approach:
- impart knowledge (create and hone networks) and practise the skill
- reinforce the networks choosing optimum time lapses
- practise the skills within a context and mesh with other skills
Once we had compiled them we noticed that the T and L Skills are all potentially part of the process of Higher Order Decision Making. It made sense therefore to give students HODM tasks on a regular basis so that they could practise these skills within a real life context, so merging them with other skills. HODM refers to decisions that require deconstruction, analysis, idea generation, and reconstruction. For example, problem solving and comparing challenges. We can give you a system for coming up with such challenges, varying them and delivering them.
A crucial part of learning is engagement which as we know, varies considerably between children. The neurology of engagement is complex and not fully understood but we do know a little about certain areas of the brain that are involved and can match this knowledge to a range of child behaviour and match it to evolutionary common sense. From this we have come up with a number of methods by which to switch on the nucleus accumbens and so maximise learning.
Workshops and Courses: An initial consultation is free, and we are happy to come to you to listen to your particular needs, show you our resources and see if we can help you. Workshops working with teachers or students are then £80 for 3 hours.