Thinking

When Thinking at Te Kura O Waima we use a wide range of thinking tools to ensure we are covering all aspects of this area of the Key Competencies. We also use the specific school matrix so we are able to discuss what we know and also what our next learning steps are.  Our school Principles are also integral to this competency.
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:
  • help the learner to transform knowledge and apply it to new situations
  • provide a bridge or scaffold towards new learning
  • enable learning through multiple intelligences
  • encourage deeper thinking
  • provide opportunities for socially mediated learning.