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Thinking about thinking: innovative pedagogy designed to foster thinking skills in junior primary classrooms

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This article reports on the collaborative initiative of two primary school teachers who created and implemented innovative pedagogy in order to foster a culture of thinking in their classrooms. The paper outlines teaching strategies that were used with the intent of making students mindful of themselves as learners and thinkers. A 'Toolbox', inspired by 'Habits of Mind' and the Visible Thinking approach to teaching and learning, is described in narrative form by one of the teachers. The Toolbox aims to equip students with the thinking tools to make their thinking visible to themselves, their peers and their teachers.
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Keywords: Visible Thinking; action research; metacognition; mindfulness; thinking dispositions

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Bentleigh West Primary School, Bentleigh (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia 2: School of Psychology, Deakin University, Burwood (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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