High Quality Thinking Culture iLEAD Schools

Create a Culture of High-Quality Thinking

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Meet the Maker

Linda Krystek, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

What is your absolute dream job?
I’m already doing it! I love being a Maker!

If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be?
I would love to become magically fluent in Dutch, which was my first language. However, since my family began to speak more English than Dutch over the years, I am no longer able to speak and understand the language fluently.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
A Schwinn 10-speed bicycle.

What is the “why” for this week’s “Making Magic”?
Our schools and classrooms should become places of intellectual stimulation where learning is viewed not in test scores but in the development and transformation from students who complete worksheets into learners who can think, plan, create, question and engage independently.

This Week’s Focus

High-Quality Thinking for High-Quality PBL

Driving Question

What kind of thinking do we need learners to do in PBL and how can we best scaffold that thinking?

It is essential that we, as educators, encourage our learners to think deeply, critically, and creatively across the disciplines and especially during project-based learning. As stated in “A PBL Culture of Thinking: Routines,” “Thinking routines are intentional moves and questioning strategies that scaffold learners’ thinking in the moment as well as providing tools and patterns of thinking that can be used independently.” The articles and resources below demonstrate how visible thinking routines lend themselves authentically to the type of thinking required in the flow of a project, from the launch to the Presentation of Learning (POL).


More Magic

This resource chart contains suggestions on how various thinking routines may be embedded in the project path:

Thinking Routines and Project Path

When facilitators combine powerful, multimodal tools (such as Book Creator) with tasks that encourage and foster critical and creative thinking, deeper learning occurs and learner thinking becomes more visible. Take a look to learn more:

Using Book Creator to Develop Thinking Routines

Facilitators can have learners reveal their insights and thinking by offering the use of apps that allow them to articulate and record their learning experiences, ideas, and thinking. This is especially important because at the foundation of all good, cognitive learning. Here is a resource that may be helpful. This chart is broken into three sections: the routine itself, when to use it, and what tool can be used to make learning visible:

The Google/Microsoft Infused Classroom Presents: Visible Thinking Routines with Thinking Amplifier Apps

Mary Sharp Cantwell of Deep Design Thinking has created a series of 17 different posters illustrating a brief description and purpose of several different Thinking Routines:

Visual Thinking Routines Visualized (Posters)

Finally, check out Project Zero’s “Thinking Routines Matrix” here:

Thinking Routines Matrix

Being Makers

Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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