Why Was Becket Murdered
Christine Counsell uses a medieval murder story to show how teachers can build on the principles enshrined in National Curriculum history to develop pupils’ thinking skills.
The Death Of A Slave
Contemporary mysteries can provide fertile ground for developing thinking skills, argues Vivienne Baumfield. And for increasing children’s awareness of the processes involved in thinking rather than just the outcomes.
Improving concentration & memory skills
Success in lessons, including those that seek to enhance thinking skills, is founded on the ability of learners to concentrate and pay attention. Mike Lake argues that some pupils need carefully structured support to bring their powers of concentration and memory up to a level that will enable them to progress in school.
Thinking skills are the cornerstone of effective citizenship education, argues William Ord. Here he illustrates his point by showing how recent materials from the Citizenship Foundation were used to effect in his school.
Thinking Through Stories
Vivienne Baumfield and teachers from four Northumberland first schools set themselves the task of raising standards through helping pupils to question, listen, develop reasoned arguments and value the opinions of others. Here’s how they got on.
Andrew Raw reports on his experiences of using materials and classroom approaches in secondary science teaching.
Thinking For Learning
Understanding and transforming the ways in which children learn is crucial to raising standards, argues Professor Michael Barber.