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Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

December 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin
Learning outside the box begins with a thoughtThe ability to memorize facts is not enough to equip students to solve problems or navigate an evolving world. If we educate young people to become flexible, metacognitive thinkersùand model that for themù they will understand how to adapt their learning and successfully find their way in new territory. This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders:Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinkingCreate classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkersAsk questions that develop skillful thinkingHelp students formulate questions that facilitate problem solvingWork with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their childrenIncluded are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing studentsÆ creativity and decision-making skills. This timely resource is ideal for preparing leaders, teachers, and students to meet the escalating challenges of the future.
Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
About the Authors
1. Some Game Changers: The Brain, Intelligence, and the Role of Metacognition
2. How People Learn
3. Deconstructing Metacognition
4. Behaving Metacognitively: Habits of Mind
5. The Wright Brothers: An Example of Skillful Thinking
6. The Language of Thinking: How can I know what I think until I hear what I say?
7. Creative Problem Solving
8. Knowledge Networks: The Organization of Knowledge to Facilitate Metacognition
9. The Metacognitive Classroom
10. Two Powerful Classroom Tools
11. Creating a Metacognitive Learning Community: School and Home
Resources for Teachers

"The authors have used their unique experiences and extensive knowledge of teaching and learning. The text integrates research from various resources that comes together in a unique approach to guide the transition to 21st century learning classrooms."

Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor
Ashland University, OH

"Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools is very well written and uses excellent examples that make the topics come alive for the readers."

Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer, Learning and Teaching
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

"The book not only tells the 'what', but reinforces why metacognition is so important for teaching children and adults, then elaborates on the 'how.'"

Lynn Macan, Superintendent
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, NY

"The extensive knowledge, research, and unique experiences of the authors creates an approach to teaching and learning in the 21st century that all teachers should embrace." 

NSTA, October 2012

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Chapter 1: Some Game Changers

Martin Buoncristiani

Learn more about Martin Buoncristiani's PD offerings Dr. Martin Buoncristiani is an emeritus professor of physics at Christopher Newport University in the USA. He has been dedicated to science and mathematics education for over thirty five years. In his involvement in curricular development for the university he has been a strong advocate of adapting teaching methods to our current understanding of how people learn. His scientific research has focused on lasers and optical science and he was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his work developing instruments for atmospheric study. Throughout his career he has addressed K-12... More About Author

Patricia E. Buoncristiani

Learn more about Pat Buoncristiani's PD offeringsPat Buoncristiani has spent over thirty years as an educator committed to the belief that learning how to think is the foundation for every successful learner. She has been a classroom teacher, a teachers college lecturer and, most recently, a school principal in both Australia and the USA. Her experience includes work with school systems in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She has had extensive experience training educators in early literacy development, behavior management and the development of thinking based curricula. More About Author

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