Cultures of Thinking is a transformative approach to teaching and learning arising from the work of Dr. Ron Ritchhart and Project Zero colleagues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In 2016, Simon completed a series of nine interviews which collectively constitute an in-depth exploration of cultures of thinking pedagogy, with a practical focus on how these ideas might be implemented in schools and classrooms.
These nine interviews with educational commentator Colin Klupiec are now accessible by clicking on the links below. Each interview is around 30 minutes in length, and serves as rich stimulus material for in-school study group meetings and professional learning communities. Teacher-facilitators who draw on these podcasts often employ discussion protocols such as The 4 As or The Final Word to in order to facilitate stimulating conversation with colleagues.
You can also listen to these podcasts on your smart phone while you’re on the go. Simply download ‘The Learning Capacity Podcast’ via your podcast app.
In 1978, educator Lev Vygotsky explored the idea that children make sense of the world around them not only through their eyes but also through their speech. In other words, 'it is not just seeing but acting that becomes informed by words.'
As educators, how might the LANGUAGE we use help children develop the disposition to be critical and creative thinkers?
Most teachers feel that there just isn't enough TIME in the school day. This pressure makes it hard for some teachers to allow time for thinking, but making time for students to think actually facilitates faster coverage of the curriculum, since students develop more lasting understanding of content and become more engaged in their learning.
How might we become the master of time rather than its victim?
How might the replacement of low-level tasks with purposeful thinking OPPORTUNITIES be the single most productive and low-cost way of bumping up learning in schools?
What would it be like if there were no more worksheets to keep children busy?
How do great teachers create powerful learning opportunities, rich in thinking, and in service of developing deep, lasting understanding?