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November 15, 2018

Building a rich culture of thinking in our classrooms and schools is a long, complex, thrilling and challenging process (Ritchhart, 2015).  Like children themselves, a culture of thinking needs constant care and attention if it is to flourish.

Something interesting for...

April 22, 2018

Teachers! Would you like to work on expanding the range of questions you ask your students during class discussions?

Catch and Pass is an interactive strategy used by teachers who seek to put thinking front and central in their classrooms. First, teachers ‘catch’ studen...

April 21, 2018

Click here for 100 questions to ask your students during class discussion.

I’m often asked what I believe to be the defining characteristic that distinguishes ‘cultures of thinking’ classrooms from other classrooms. Of course, the answer to this question is complex and...

January 9, 2018

It’s school holiday time here in Sydney, Australia.  The cicadas are singing, and long, hot summer days abound, with plenty of opportunities for spending valuable time both with my family and also some incredibly worthwhile books!

Top of the list in this regard is Slow...

August 18, 2017

One of the joys of my role is the opportunity to work closely with teachers from many different schools, all interested in how they might build a culture of thinking. At many schools, I work closely with groups of teachers as they identify and interrogate the big quest...

June 28, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I was pleased to spend a wonderful day at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Of the many wonderful works in the gallery, I found that one painting in particular spoke to me that day. It’s a work entitled Mount St Michael, Co...

April 5, 2017

Introducing 8 to 1: a new thinking routine for capturing the heart of the matter being studied in service of deeper understanding and cognitive engagement.

This routine encourages students to distil the essence of the content being studied, whether it's understanding th...

December 8, 2016

Why might highly effective teachers in a culture of thinking make Reasoning with Evidence a BIG ROCK in their schools and classrooms?

This Blog entry is part three of an eight-part series exploring 7 Big Rocks for Educators keen to build a culture of thinking in their c...

October 28, 2016

What type of thinking do you make routine in your classroom?

Teachers interested in building a culture of thinking ensure that they create multiple opportunities for students to engage a variety of high-leverage thinking moves in service of developing understanding and...

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