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The Questioning Toolkit - Revised. The first version of the Questioning Toolkit was published in November of 1997.

The Questioning Toolkit - Revised

Since then there has been substantial revision of its major question types and how they may function as an interwoven system. This article takes the model quite a few steps further, explaining more about each type of question and how it might support the overall investigative process in combination with the other types. photo © Section One - Orchestration Most complicated issues and challenges require the researcher to apply quite a few different types of questions when building an answer. Orchestration is the key concept added to the model since its first version. To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation. Listen to this post as a podcast: If no one has ever encouraged, pushed, or insisted that you build more higher-order thinking into your students’ learning, it’s possible you’ve been teaching in a cave.

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation

Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. 33 Lessons on Critical Thinking. 30 Universal Strategies For Learning. 30 Universal Strategies For Learning by Terry Heick As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

Learning actions, or cognitive actions. How to Think Visually. How to Think Visually Using Visual Analogies infographic from Anna Vital gives a great variety of examples for anyone to use when you create your own graphics.

How to Think Visually

It begins with the most recognizable visuals, circle graphs and diagrams. Visual note taking is back and it has a cool history. You may have seen them at the last conference or big corporate meeting you attended: beautifully hand drawn notes that summarize big ideas using simple visuals.

Visual note taking is back and it has a cool history

This Web 3.0 generation has adopted the term "sketchnotes" which was coined by interface designer, illustrator, and author . The field is actually called Graphic Recording which is "capturing everyone’s most salient points and making them stick", . Practitioners call themselves all sorts of things, Sketchnote Artists, Visual Note Takers, Graphic Recorders, Scribes, Visual Notes Artists, Live Sketch Artists, Group Graphics Practitioners and more. Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning.

Although emotion and cognition originate in different parts of the brain, they interact and play a powerful role in learning and memory.

Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning

According to neuroscientists like Eric Jensen, priming the brain for particular states of engagement -- such as curiosity, intrigue, surprise, suspense, a bit of confusion, skepticism, and the feeling of safety -- prepares the mind to learn. Furthermore, incorporating emotion into our instruction and content supports long-term memory. This might not be news to teachers, but not enough students know how to optimize their brain for learning. That's why every child should have the opportunity to explore neuroscience in a brain lab. What Is a Brain Lab? Every school or classroom should have a student- and teacher-created brain lab with these goals: Students could be assigned personal folders with choices of lab activities. Using Pop Culture to Study the Brain Some brain-related topics could take advantage of recent research and pop culture. 10 Ways to Improve Student Brainstorming.

One of the key components of the design thinking cycle is the ideating phase.

10 Ways to Improve Student Brainstorming

The questions that matter most — The Learner's Way. As teachers we face numerous challenges as we manage our duties and strive to provide our students with the best opportunities to learn and realise their potential within a safe and supportive environment.

The questions that matter most — The Learner's Way

We develop philosophies of learning, vision and mission statements; we plan programmes of learning, engage with professional development, communicate with parents and community members and through reflection and assessment refine our processes. We strive to meet the needs of individual learners in every aspect of their development and provide them with the pastoral care they require. All of this means our days are busy but also hopefully rewarding, the danger though is that sometimes in these busy days the little details that can make the biggest impact are lost or taken for granted.

Documenting the transformation of my classroom into a 21st Century place for learning. Visual thinking. Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate.

Visual thinking

It’s a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagrams. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable. Why is visual thinking important? The Learning Spy - Hexagonal Learning. The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking. The Question Game by Sophie Wrobel, The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any.

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. In A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, Warren Berger suggests that there are three main questions which help in problem solving: Why questions, What If questions, and How questions.

Regardless of the question, the question needs to be phrased openly and positively in order to achieve positive results – a closed or negative question only raises bad feelings against each other. Why questions help to find the root of a problemWhat If questions open up the floor for creative solutionsHow questions focus on developing practical solutions. Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers. 13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions. Samantha Cleaver Leo Tolstoy's The Two Brothers tells the story of two brothers who are offered the opportunity to find happiness. The Lab. Visible Thinking. Why Make Thinking Visible The central idea of Visible Thinking is very simple: making thinking visible.