Tag Archives: Thinking tools

Pairing

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? Students work in pairs to collaborate on a given task. Pairs can be paired for further topic exploration. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations,… Continue Reading Pairing

POPE

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The POPE process is an acronym for Purpose, Outcomes, Process and Evaluation and can be used by an individual or a group to provide the information required for a meeting, project or task. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding,… Continue Reading POPE

Question Matrix

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Question matrix is a graphic organiser on which question headings are captured. Students can use the matrix to target their questions or the teacher can use questions on the matrix to direct students thinking. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep… Continue Reading Question Matrix

Stay and Stray

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? This process is an organisational communication tool which allows for random grouping an a structured manner. Students, in groups of three, are provided with questions to answer in a structured and time limited manner. Each question challenges the students to think more deeply about the topic. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering,… Continue Reading Stay and Stray

Combination Key

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? This higher order thinking tool provides a scaffold for combining two “unlike” objects/ideas to create a new/innovative object/idea. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations,… Continue Reading Combination Key

Compare and Contrast Grid

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? Comparison-Contrast Charts are for looking at how things are similar and in what ways they are different. The Compare and Contrast Grid is a useful tool when comparing data, surveys, and a variety of criteria. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep… Continue Reading Compare and Contrast Grid

Fishbone Diagram

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Fishbone is a graphic organiser that allows the individual to capture a major outcome/goal, minor outcome/goal and the steps to achieve these. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality… Continue Reading Fishbone Diagram

Five Whys

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? Five Whys can be applied at any time to promote deep thinking through questioning. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation,… Continue Reading Five Whys

Force Field Analysis

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? Force field analysis is an influential development in the field of social science. It provides a framework for looking at the factors (forces) that influence a situation, originally social situations. It looks at forces that are either driving movement toward a goal (helping forces) or blocking movement toward a goal (hindering forces). What… Continue Reading Force Field Analysis

Global Café

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Global Café strategy is a cooperative learning strategy that allows students to gather and share information quickly. It also allows students to piggyback ideas, thoughts and experiences. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating. creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication… Continue Reading Global Café

Hot Potato

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? This strategy involves the use of a ‘round robin’ format in developing and sharing information within a group. Hot Potato encourages team members to share their work by passing their work onto other people in their group, or from group to group. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing,… Continue Reading Hot Potato

Interpretation Key

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Interpretation Key, is a higher order thinking tool, that provides a scaffold for creative thinking and the ability for the student to consider a wide range of consequences. It allows the student/s to describe an unusual situation and then think of different explanations for the existence of that situation. What aspects of… Continue Reading Interpretation Key

Invention Key

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Invention Key provides a scaffold for students to think creatively and to develop inventions which are constructed in an unusual manner. What aspects of learning are being supported? Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria,… Continue Reading Invention Key

Jigsaw

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it? The Jigsaw is a strategy that enables each team member/groups to contribute information that can be added to the whole. It also: encourages the development of specific skills within individual team members allows for each team member to have a role to collaboratively contribute to the whole group provides a structured approach for each… Continue Reading Jigsaw