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Cultures of Thinking, May 1st-2nd 2015, Chiang Mai

Cultures of Thinking
Creating Places Where Thinking is Valued, Visible and Actively Promoted

Facilitated by:
Dr. Ron Ritchhart
Senior Research Associate, Harvard Project Zero

Target Audience
School Leaders

May 1 – 2, 2015
9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Exact venue to be confirmed
Chiangmai, Thailand

The Cultures of Thinking Project is a global initiative under the direction of Dr. Ron Ritchhart, a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Since 2000, the CoT Project has worked with hundreds of public, independent, and international schools and museums across North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe to help transform schools, classrooms, and museums into places where thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted as part of the regular day-to-day experience of all group members.

Three books have documented this work and are useful resources for those interested in developing a culture of thinking:
– Intellectual Character (Ritchhart, 2002)
– Making Thinking Visible (Ritchhart, Church & Morrison, 2011), and
– Creating Cultures of Thinking (Ritchhart, 2015).

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero and Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His current research focuses on developing intellectual character, making thinking visible, and enhancing school and classroom culture. Ron’s research and writings, particularly his theory of Intellectual Character and his framework for understanding group culture, have informed the work of schools, museums, and organizations throughout the world.

Ron’s widely acclaimed book, Making Thinking Visible, co-authored with Mark Church and Karin Morrison, has popularized the use of thinking routines worldwide. Ron currently directs the Worldwide Cultures of Thinking Project aimed at facilitating effective learning in classrooms, schools, and organizations. Bialik College in Melbourne Australia, Oakland County Schools in Michigan, and the International School of Amsterdam have been key partners in Ron’s research.

This combination of private, public, and international schools have served as the prime sites for developing the core practices and school-based evidence that surround Cultures of Thinking. Ron’s forthcoming book, Creating Cultures of Thinking, couples the real classroom practice of teachers with whom he has worked with recent educational research on learning to illuminate how schools and classrooms can be transformed to develop the learners and thinkers we need for the 21st century

Workshop Overview
The CoT initiative considers education to be a social and cultural endeavor whose goal is the development of both the individual and the group as effective learners and thinkers able to engage with and adapt to a changing world. Within this context the most important assessment question we can ask ourselves as educators is: Who are our students becoming as thinkers and learners as a result of their time with us?

Learning is a product of thinking. If we want our students to learn well and develop understanding, we must create cultures of thinking that actively engage students in thinking on an ongoing basis.

However, this isn’t always an easy task. Schools and classrooms are not always set up to encourage thinking. Furthermore, by its very nature, thinking is a rather invisible and elusive process. How do we as teachers promote students’ thinking, recognize it when it occurs, and make thoughtfulness permeate our classrooms?

To create a culture of thinking, educators must work together to create a school environment whose structure and purpose actively encourage a high level of student thinking, both individually as well as collectively, and where the thinking of all group members is regularly promoted, valued, made visible, and pushed further as a part of the ongoing, shared enterprise of the group.

During the workshop, we will focus on the practical and concrete ways educators can create a culture of thinking in their schools and classrooms, foster the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding of content, and how to look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. Participants will be introduced to a variety of thinking routines: what they are and how they can be used to create more thoughtful classrooms.

We will explore such questions as:
• What is a culture of thinking?
• How can the cultural forces that exist in each classroom support and further develop a culture of thinking?
• How can educators use thinking routines to structure, scaffold, and support students’ thinking?

Potential Audience
This interactive workshop is designed for teachers, administrators and school leaders across grade levels and subject areas who are interested in supporting and developing their students as thinkers and learners.

Workshop Objectives
Participants will learn:
• The eight keys to the development of group culture and how they can harness those to create a culture of thinking in their school or classroom.
• How to use thinking routines in to support students learning, to foster thinkingdispositions, and to make thinking visible.
• How to foster effective classroom discussions through the use of language, questioning, and discourse.

Cultures of Thinking


Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom, KSI, May 9-10, 2014, Marriott, Sukhumwit Park, Bangkok

Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom

Target Audience: Teachers
Course Leader: John Zola
Date: May 9-10, 2014
Time: 8.30 – 16.00
Venue: Marriott Sukhumvit Park, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok, Thailand

Socratic seminars are teacher-led classroom discussions that promote higher level thinking, more careful reading of texts, and increased skills of classroom and civil discussion.

After the completion of this two day workshop, participants can begin to conduct seminars in their own classrooms.

Workshop Facilitator

John Zola spent over three decades as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, most recently at New Vista High School, a “break the mold” experimental public high school in Boulder, Colorado where he was part of the core design team. Throughout his career, John developed interactive teaching materials and conducted professional development workshops in active learning strategies and Socratic seminars.

His workshops help teachers make the voice and work of students central in the classroom. Many of these workshops were presented in countries of the former Soviet Union where they helped to promote the skills and dispositions needed in the new democracies. John currently conducts professional development workshops on civic education, Socratic seminars, and student-centered teaching strategies in a variety of locations around the United States, Central Europe, and Asia.

Workshop Description
Socratic seminar training workshops are, by their very nature, highly participatory and interactive. Each day begins with a seminar in which all participate. The texts for these adult seminars are drawn from literature, art, history,mathematics, science or other disciplines. By participating in actual seminars, participants are able to experience what their students might experience and learn the process by doing.

The other hallmark of seminar trainings is the repetition of micro-seminars in the afternoons. These are seminars on smaller texts that are conducted by the participants in small groups. Conducted in a “jigsaw” manner, each person leads a seminar after having time to prepare to do so with fellow participants. The “hands and minds on” aspect of this is extremely powerful as participants do the actual work of preparing for and leading seminars.

The remaining elements of a seminar training make participant and leading behaviors explicit, identify the elements of good seminar texts, explore issues related to assessment of seminars, and support the best ways to implement seminars in the participants’ home setting.

Suitable for…
Socratic Seminars can be applied to students of Grades 1-12 in general and most any content area, although Seminars are most effective in TOK, literature, social studies, history, and other humanities courses. They have also proven to be a valuable teaching approach in math and science classes, but are more difficult to implement in these settings. Participants MUST be sufficiently fluent in English to discuss longer and somewhat complex texts.

Course Objectives
By the end of this workshop participants will be able to…
1.Conduct effective and authentic Socratic seminar discussions in classrooms
2.Conduct micro-Socratic seminars as a way of learning leading skills
3.Describe the specific elements of a Socratic seminar and how each contributes to the overall learning goals of seminars
4.List aspects of effective participation and leadership in Socratic seminars
5.Engage in the process of Socratic questioning and compare it with other forms of classroom questioning
6.Discuss issues related to the assessment of Socratic seminars
7.Identify characteristics of high quality texts for use in Socratic seminars that align with curriculum expectations and learning goals
8.Work with students to build a culture of Socratic seminars in the classroom such that both teacher and student skills improve and become more sophisticated over time
9.Improve skills related to conducting any type of classroom discussion and to more significantly value student voice in the classroom

Workshop Fee (per participant)
Baht 17,500
The workshop fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, lunch and coffee breaks.

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (See Link Below)
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form

School-Group Participation
If you wish to enroll a group of 5 or more teachers from your school, contact Mr. Navin Pawa with your request as per the contact information below.

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770 (replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)

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Implementing Socratic Seminars in the Classroom

Thinking Skills JAWS – FOBISIA, 25th-26th April 2014, Patana, Bangkok POSTPONED

Thinking Skills JAWS,

25th-26th April,

Patana, Bangkok, Thailand.

‘How do we reconcile the teaching of skills and the teaching of content?’
International education is making a shift towards a more holistic view of learning where the teaching of transferable skills is developed over the traditional, content focused, curriculum. However, this can often lead to conflict in prioritising curriculum time, CPD allocation and the overall ethos of a school as well as pressure on all important results. This Job Alike Workshop is hoped to be a place where professionals can share their experiences in reconciling these two strands of practice.

The Sessions would ideally be split into two sections:
 The pedagogy of teaching skills – what good practice looks like and how it can be implemented.
 The logistics of teaching skills – what structures need to be in place to help the pedagogy to be successful.

What is a Job Alike Workshop?
Having the opportunity to share common experiences and to discuss job-related issues is an accepted and welcomed practice for FOBISIA heads, senior leaders, PE and music staff but has proven to be more difficult to organise on a regular basis for other curriculum areas. The job-alike workshop was created as a format to allow groups of like-minded professionals to create opportunities for curriculum-based CPD that relies on the skills and knowledge of the delegates themselves rather than relying on expensive key-note speakers.
This job-alike workshop is an opportunity for you to share good practice and co-construct new knowledge with other FOBISIA teachers across the region.

Cost: Bt.1,200 (The fee will include meals, transport from hotel to school and all resources)

Hotel information: http://www.patana.ac.th/Go/?To=697

Sign up:
If you have problems with the link above, please copy and paste the link to your URL.
For other questions, contact Andrew Thain; KS 3 Review Coordinator – anth@patana.ac.th or Jackie Houghton; Assistant Principal Professional Learning – jaho@patana.ac.th
Please can you join the Edmodo site which we will be using to collaborate before the event and afterwards. The URL is https://www.edmodo.com/ Group Code: geyt7n

JAWS Thinking Skills flyer