Say What? How is Language Used in Your Classroom?

“What makes you say that?” Using language to shape a culture of thinking… This simple, but meaningful thinking routine activates our minds to build explanations from what we see or know. Saying “What makes you say that?” instead of asking “Why?” invites learners to share their opinions and interpretations. It encourages flexibility in their thinking by teaching learners…

Thinking Routines

Thinking Routines are mini strategies that guide learners’ thought processes   What are they? Thinking routines are simple procedures that consist of only a few steps. They provide a framework for drawing attention to specific thinking moves that: 1. Help build understanding and drive further inquiry 2. Connect new ideas to one’s own thinking Thinking routines are not add-ons…

I Can Make A Difference!

Grade 3 Makes Positive Change Through Writing “Your community is your life, so make it a good community” – Gwen, Grade 3 This precept, or words to live by, became my Grade 3 class motto at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Throughout the school year, we were able to grow and develop together…