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Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

by Martin Buoncristiani and Patricia Buoncristiani Corwin Press
Pub Date:
03/2012
ISBN:
9781452220147
Format:
Pbk 192 pages
Price:
AU$63.00 NZ$66.09
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The ability to memorize facts is not enough to equip students to solve problems or navigate an evolving world. If we educate young people to become flexible, metacognitive thinkers—and model that for them— they will understand how to adapt their learning and successfully find their way in new territory. This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders:

•Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinking
•Create classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkers
•Ask questions that develop skillful thinking
•Help students formulate questions that facilitate problem solving
•Work with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their children
Included are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing students’ creativity and decision-making skills.

This timely resource is ideal for preparing leaders, teachers, and students to meet the escalating challenges of the future.

Features:
•The authors synthesize the research on critical thinking in an accessible format
•A variety of graphs and illustrations are offered as visual explanations for concepts.
•Tables can be used as curriculum planning source materials.
•Provides numerous strategies to help teachers teach thinking in the classroom, including how to use note-taking and grading as powerful platforms for thinking.
•The authors offer numerous educational applications for teachers and curriculum workers to more expertly create classroom conditions, instructional strategies, and curriculum maps that liberate learners’ creative potentials, enhance rational decision-making and develop their propensity for continuous life-long learning.

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Some Game Changers: The Brain, Intelligence, and the Role of Metacognition
2. How People Learn
3. Deconstructing Metacognition
4. Behaving Metacognitively: Habits of Mind
5. The Wright Brothers: An Example of Skillful Thinking
6. The Language of Thinking: How can I know what I think until I hear what I say?
7. Creative Problem Solving
8. Knowledge Networks: The Organization of Knowledge to Facilitate Metacognition
9. The Metacognitive Classroom
10. Two Powerful Classroom Tools
11. Creating a Metacognitive Learning Community: School and Home
Resources for Teachers
References
Index

Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools
Martin Buoncristiani Thinking and Learning in Concert
Patricia Buoncristiani Thinking and Learning in Concert

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
March 2012 192 pages Corwin
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Learning outside the box begins with a thought
The ability to memorize facts is not enough to equip students to solve problems or navigate an evolving world. If we educate young people to become flexible, metacognitive thinkers—and model that behavior for them— they will understand how to adapt their learning and successfully find their way in new territory. This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders:
•Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinking
•Create classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkers
•Ask questions that develop skillful thinking
•Help students formulate questions that facilitate problem solving
•Work with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their children
Included are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing students' creativity and decision-making skills. This timely resource is ideal for preparing leaders, teachers, and students to meet the escalating challenges of the future.
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''The authors have used their unique experiences and extensive knowledge of teaching and learning. The text integrates research from various resources that comes together in a unique approach to guide the transition to 21st century learning classrooms.''

Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor

Ashland University, OH

''Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools is very well written and uses excellent examples that make the topics come alive for the readers.''

Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer, Learning and Teaching

Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

''The book not only tells the 'what', but reinforces why metacognition is so important for teaching children and adults, then elaborates on the 'how.'''

Lynn Macan, Superintendent

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, NY
Dr. Martin Buoncristiani is an emeritus professor of physics at Christopher Newport University in the USA. He has been dedicated to science and mathematics education for over thirty five years. In his involvement in curricular development for the university he has been a strong advocate of adapting teaching methods to our current understanding of how people learn. His scientific research has focused on lasers and optical science and he was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his work developing instruments for atmospheric study. Throughout his career he has addressed K-12 science education, beginning with promotion of computers in the classroom in the 1970as and extending to the introduction of critical thinking skills in the current decade.

Pat Buoncristiani has spent over thirty years as an educator committed to the belief that learning how to think is the foundation for every successful learner. She has been a classroom teacher, a teachers college lecturer and, most recently, a school principal in both Australia and the USA. Her experience includes work with school systems in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She has had extensive experience training educators in early literacy development, behavior management and the development of thinking based curricula.