The Question Tree
Frances Field and Nalini Randall explain strategies they use to enhance the abilities of children in primary school to learn through questioning.
Cultures For Thinking
Steve Williams continues the new professional development series with advice on how to create a culture of thinking in your school
Rob Ratcliff and Jan Chambers report on a project in Wiltshire to help primary schools become more creative and effective
Wendy Andrews reviews the work of Creative Partnerships and reports on new research findings about the effectiveness of creative learning
Thinking About Me
Robert Fisher explains what ‘me–cognition’ is and offers some starters for thinking
Oliver Caviglioli continues his column on visual tools with a diagram to develop causal analysis
A selection of creative, open-ended starter activities to get children's brains buzzing, by Marcelo Staricoff and Alan Rees.
Liberal with a CAPITAL ‘L’
Stephen Law defends the liberal argument that children should be helped to think for themselves against criticisms that this means giving up on moral education and moral standards
Stories students tell themselves
We hear more and more in schools about ‘dispositions’ and ‘habits of minds’. These expressions refer to a ‘tendency to think or behave in certain ways under certain conditions’. An important aim of schools is to help young people develop the kinds of behaviours that lead to effective thinking and independent learning.