Thinking is the key competency that threads through all areas of the curriculum. Of course, thought processing is embedded in everything we do from infancy. Higher-order thinking skills, however, can be developed through careful scaffolding and strategy processes.
(Simmons, 2009:p 7).
To foster this key competency, students become competent thinkers by using scaffoldings during the learning process to make thinking visible and thereby guide the development of a range of thinking skills. When students use scaffolds for this purpose, we encourage students to be effective questioners, flexible thinkers, creative problem-solvers and effective communications and to understand more about their own learning.
Scaffolds for thinking skills help the learner organise and make sense of information in that they: