The strategic plan defines the core purpose of the school as providing an inclusive, rigorous learning environment that challenges and engages young people to grow as passionate learners who are connected and motivated, creative and independent, demonstrating social action and values, leadership, resilience and self esteem when interacting with the community.
Providing a curriculum that supports the development of thinking skills:
Teachers and schools are faced with the challenge of providing building blocks for their students' effective participation in workplaces and communities of the future. It is therefore necessary to provide young people with the capacity and motivation to:
Research findings from the Middle Years Research and Development Project (MYRAD} tell us what students believe about learning to think.
The more students believe their teachers to be emphasising thinking and learning strategies...
The more students feel they are given time to explore and understand new ideas, the more they...
Some of the characteristics include:
Teachers in thinking oriented classrooms:
Use of the General Design for a Whole School Approach to School Improvement will assist school communities plan the implementation of a thinking oriented curriculum. The design elements in the model represent the critical aspects of schooling that need to be addressed simultaneously. Schools will have different starting points when adopting this model, but it is recommended that they begin with the element that focuses on beliefs and understandings.
Some examples of how each design element can look to support thinking and learning :