Smart Thinking

Smart Thinking


By (author) Jeni Wilson, By (author) Lesley Wing Jan


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  • Publisher: David Fulton Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 294mm x 10mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415487005
  • ISBN 13: 9780415487009
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 35 black & white tables, 20 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 174,582

Product description

Smart Thinking helps primary school teachers to develop their pupil's capacities to become deep thinkers and independent learners. Supporting the creation of a thoughtful classroom that provides opportunities for pupil's negotiation, goal setting and decision making, this book encourages the teaching of reflection and metacognition, providing pupils the tools they need to be able to evaluate and regulate their own thinking. Packed with ideas, planning tools and photocopiable proformas, this book will help teachers work with their pupils to help develop skills and dispositions which are beneficial and transferable to pupils of all ages and abilities. Key aspects of teaching and learning covered include: planning for learning by setting individual goals selecting, using and monitoring appropriate strategies identifying own thinking processes making reasoned judgements asking powerful questions being careful observers. This comprehensive resource is essential for all teachers who wish to empower their pupils to take responsibility for their learning and their interpersonal relationships.

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Author information

Jeni Wilson is a senior lecturer in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Unit, Department of Learning and Educational Development, at the University of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia. She works regularly in schools. Lesley Wing Jan is an experienced teacher and currently teaches at Eltham East Primary School, Victoria, Australia. She has a particular interest in literacy and language development.

Table of contents

Introduction Planning guide 1. Laying the groundwork 2. Planning for thinking 3. Questioning 4. Making connections 5. Self-assessment 6. Goal setting Appendix -- Additional proformas for reflection and metacognition Glossary References and further reading