The Cognitive Taxonomy investigates the six levels of student cognition (thinking). Presently, almost all students are educated exclusively on the lowest level, neglecting the higher order thinking skills they will require to be successful in life. I will show how to understand, recognize and implement this knowledge in our teaching practices.
Questions. How should a teacher ask questions? What kind of questions are there? How should a teacher best deal with student answers? Most importantly, how can we teach students to ask their own questions?
Multiple Intelligences, Differentiation and the Negotiated Curriculum. This field of educational discovery shows how to recognize and utilize each student's own learning style. I will show how to structure our teaching so that each student's learning style is catered for in the class.
Lateral Thinking. This topic shows teachers how to train students to be creative in their approach to their learning and is a lot of fun. It encourages and celebrates individual students' abilities and strengths while solving challenges which they will not receive in any other way.
Critical Thinking. Another very big topic. I teach staff to understand the importance of training children to think for themselves. Students need to be able to recognize, define and approach a problem. They need to know how to find and research appropriate resources. Can they differentiate between facts and opinions? Can they use effective reasoning? Can they persuade others about their findings?
Problem Solving and Creative Thinking. In a world which is constantly changing, how can we best equip our students to be able to solve the problems of the future? Universal and generic problem solving skills should be taught as in integrated skill in all subjects in all schools. Pablo Picasso said, “We are all born artists. The problem is to remain one.” It is a sad indictment on education in all countries that formal education predominantly focuses on the students’ left hemisphere. Learning on the right hemisphere is largely neglected. Yet this is where our creativity, artistry and imagination reside. I will show how to differentiate between left and right hemisphere cognition and to release their students to choose and use the best hemisphere for the task at hand.
Education and the Brain. The brain is the student’s most valuable tool. Ninety percent of what we know about the brain has been discovered in the last ten years. The history of Education has required the student brain to conform to the lesson. With what we now know, we must change our approach and change the lesson to suit the brain.
Reading. We Learn to Read. Then we Read to Learn. What is Reading? How to best teach Reading? Useful techniques in our approach to Reading in the classroom. What is Guided Reading?