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Issue 2.2

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Visible Thinking with the Vikings Illuminating the path to deeper thinking and understanding

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CTL 2.2 Editorial: Making learning explicit

The recent International Conference on Thinking in Belfast was a great success, with some of the very big names in education … Bob Schwartz, Art Costa, David Perkins, Edward De Bono, all making strong appearances. Three issues seemed to prevail though; the first was the overwhelming emphasis on dispositions towards learning being the key determinants in whether children are successful learners or not.

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CTL Contents 2.2

What's in this issue?

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CTL 2.2 News

Creative writing tests limit creativity. Early use of digital resources associated with higher pupil attainment. Government focus on phonics is flawed. Young poets go hip-hop.

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Our journey into thinking

Welton Primary School started a more creative approach to the curriculum in 1999. Laura Kilvington describes the avenues the school went down, and the impact.

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Fixated on the screen?

Exactly how does boys’ pre-occupation with the video or computer screen affect their literacy? Collette Higgins undertook some research to find out out, and to suggest how teachers might respond.

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Visible Thinking

Lotta Norell describes an approach to promoting engagement, understanding and independence for all learners which is being actively adapted in the Lemshaga Akademi, Stockholm.

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Closing the achievement gap in Ulster

The golden rule of thinking skills programmes is to ‘turnround’ children with learning difficulties. Kate O’ Hanlon’s long-term study shows that Intrumental Enrichment can allow ‘no-hopers’ to achieve surprising GCSE results.

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What is Instrumental Enrichment?

This short article on Feuerstein’s ‘Instrumental Enrichment’ explains the programme behind Kate O’Hanlon’s case study, ‘Closing the Achievement Gap in Ulster.’

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Planning classroom activities for critical thinking

Sue Lyle discusses the principles that she argues underpin the successful development of critical thinking skills for children. Using an example from her teaching pack, ‘Arctic Stories’ (2008), she illustrates how to apply these principles during the planning process. Her cross-curriculum project plan ‘Ocean Environments’ featured in this edition also uses these principles.

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Asgard is in peril and no one can save it... but the Mighty Thor can help!

We continue our series of Webquests with Crispin Andrews’ adventure into the legend of Thor.

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26/07/2011
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Opening Up China

An excavation of the best online materials and resources to get you started on a cross-curricular project about China.

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26/07/2011
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Project Plan: Ocean Environments Part I

Sue Lyle introduces her project on the topic of Ocean Environments. Covering some 97% of our Earth’s water and regulating hugely important geographical features such as climate and weather, the Oceans is an ideal topic to open children’s eyes to the significance of ecology.

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