We’ve all been a part of an environment that pushed us to critically think and question. I remember a class I took as a part of my principal training. It was taught by a practicing principal and although it was challenging, it pushed me to reflect and grow as a learner. One class session we had 30 minutes to plan a staff meeting or professional development session with whatever resources we could find within that time limit. The professor set up the task but purposefully let us struggle with the process. She asked probing questions but did not give us a step by step recipe for completing the task. I remember being a little stressed at the time but I learned a lot about myself as a leader from that activity.
In his book Creating Cultures of Thinking Ron Richhart, a senior researcher from Harvard’s Project Zero, shares some of the common characteristics that people share when thinking about cultures of thinking they have experienced. Some of these are:
I asked some teachers from Rochester Public Schools for their tips on creating cultures of thinking in their classrooms.
The 10-minute essay
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