What are thinking skills? Skills that emphasise the process of learning ‘learning to learn skills’ Metacognition – thinking about thinking
Why use thinking skills strategies? To teach pupils to think for themselves To focus on skills rather than content To help pupils to deconstruct language and understand that languages have underlying patterns and rules
Why use thinking skills strategies? To encourage pupils to articulate their understanding To give pupils the opportunity to learn from each other To enable them to work collaboratively
Why use thinking skills strategies? To promote active involvement To foster links with other subjects by using similar techniques
What do they do for us as teachers? Show us gaps in pupils’ understanding By ‘taking the lid off’ how pupils are thinking, they enable us to tailor our teaching strategies to take their learning forward
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