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The Thinking Curriculum works through teaching children to think in a variety of ways. It is about thinking within an active learning environment that captures student enthusiasm and draws them into being responsible for their own learning. It involves looking at, investigating and using the traits, behaviours and habits exhibited by successful individuals.

The strategies that comprise the Thinking Curriculum at Wallarano from Preps – Grade 6 are: - Edward De Bono’s  Thinking Hats and Direct Attention Thinking Tools; Bloom’s Taxonomy, Thinkers Keys, Habits of Mind, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Program Achieve.

These programs bring together valuable ways of thinking that children will need in their future lives, and include the following focus:

  • Working together as a team
  • Ownership of learning
  • Teachers taking a step back
  • Independent learning
  • Development of successful learners
  • Having fun when learning
  • Being responsible and proactive
  • Planning ahead and setting personal goals
  • Being disciplined and organized
  • Listening effectively to others and confidently voicing opinions

With younger children the teaching of Thinking Skills is simplified. Thinking buddies and Thinking hats are used to help the children verbalise their thoughts.  With older and more able students the development of thinking becomes more comprehensive and precise.

“Habits of Mind are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they are confronted with problems, the resolutions of which are not immediately apparent.” (Costa)

At Wallarano we endeavour to teach the attributes of each habit and weave these problem solving techniques, or ways of thinking, into the everyday curriculum and school activities.

These habits are Persistence, Managing Impulsivity, Listening with Empathy and Understanding, Thinking Flexibly, Thinking about your Thinking: Metacognition, Striving for Accuracy, Applying Past Knowledge, Questioning and Posing Problems, Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision, Gathering Data through All Senses, Creating, Imaging & Innovating, Responding with Wonderment and Awe, Taking Responsible Risks, Finding Humour and Thinking Interdependently.

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