Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

A Thinking Classroom

Pupils need to be thoroughly engaged with their own learning to develop skills and capabilities. A Thinking Classroom gives pupils opportunities to practise their skills, to reflect on their achievements, and to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. This requires an approach that goes beyond traditional methods.

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Creating a Thinking Classroom

It is essential to create the right environment for a Thinking Classroom. You can do this by moving classroom practices towards a more pupil-centred and skills-integrated curriculum and using active strategies.

Here are seven useful classroom strategies:

view1. Set Open-Ended Challenges
view2. Make Thinking Important
view3. Effective Questioning
view4. Make Thinking Explicit
view5. Enable Collaborative Learning
view6. Promote Independent Learning
view7. Making Connections