At Glenmoor and Winton we believe in thinking. We not only
teach students content but critically we supply them with the tools and
understanding to think about the content in a number of different ways. These
are known as cognitive processes..
How do we strive to be better thinkers?
Lev S. Vygotsky argued convincingly that ‘our thoughts are influenced by the kinds of
tools we use. We can see that when we perform physical tasks, such as gardening
or brushing our teeth, how we deal with the task and whether we succeed are
both influenced by the tools we use.’
However, we do not
always recognize that tools also can influence how we perform mental tasks, how
we think about them, and whether we complete them successfully.
(James Hierbert et
al, Making Sense)
So to help us become
more conscious and more effective thinkers,
we use a number of tools and strategies specifically designed to “direct attention towards thinking” (Edward de Bono, Teaching to Think) in
particular ways. By using a tool for the job, students and staff can be
explicit about the type of thinking (mental tasks) they are doing and are more
likely to think efficiently because of this.