Thinking and Knowing - Teaching Cognitive Strategies to Prep/Kinder - Year 2 Students

Teresa Deshon
Teaching and Learning
What type of fish are in your classroom? Do you want to change that? As educators we need to develop critical thinking skills and ways of knowing in our youngest stude...
Target Audience
Teachers of students in Prep or Kinder to Year 2 or Year 3.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

As educators we need to develop critical thinking skills and ways of knowing in our youngest students. They see the world and learning in all it’s possibilities and wonder, meaning they are open to learning cognitive skill development. By recognising the potential in our youngest students and not limiting them with too much routine, we will see the intellectual and creativity that is exceptional and largely untapped.

Audience

Teachers of students in Prep or Kinder to Year 2 or Year 3.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 10 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2 & 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 12.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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Sessions

Thinking and Knowing

45 minutes

What type of fish are in your classroom? Do you want to change that?

As educators we need to develop critical thinking skills and ways of knowing in our youngest students. They see the world and learning in all it’s possibilities and wonder, meaning they are open to learning cognitive skill development. By recognising the potential in our youngest students and not limiting them with too much routine, we will see the intellectual and creativity that is exceptional and largely untapped.

Thinking and Knowing provides you with complete lesson plans that considers the nature of knowledge and a way of knowing. Concepts are applied in a fun and practical way to develop young students who are:

Inquirers
Knowledgeable
Thinkers
Communicators
Principled
Open minded
Caring
Risk-takers
Balanced
Reflective
and who can become

I think therefore I am.

Course Instructions

15 minutes

This course contains 5 complete Thinking and Knowing lessons that are ready for you to teach. They can be taught in 30-45 mins once per week/

After working through each lesson plan and completing your Learning Journal you will be ready to complete the major assessment for this course.

Each lesson begins with an introduction that contains a thinking skill and way of knowing as its topic with prompt questions to get you and your students thinking.

The student objective for the lesson is also listed and should be discussed with students as a pre and post-test activity.

You then work through the 3 core parts of the lesson:

The setting
The task
The reflection

A suggested set of step by step activities have been included as well as recommendations and examples to integrate areas of the Australian Curriculum General capabilities, cross curricula priorities and use of digital technologies.

The Learning Journal

You are to keep a learning journal that you complete weekly for each week of this course.

Your learning journal is to be presented in Presi.

Complete the lesson as if you are the student taking notes in your learning journal.

Teach the lesson to your class, record feedback and document suggestions you have for improvements in your learning journal.

Evaluate the lesson plan in your learning journal.

Imagination 1

1 hour

Introduction:

What do students think the role of imagination is in helping us to figure out the world? Can we trust imagination to provide us with reliable knowledge? What are its limitations?

What can your students tell you about?
Whether imagination is ‘real’ or not
The importance of imagination in helping us to gain knowledge
Whether imagination is a prerequisite of the arts
The role of imagination in prompting scientific discovery
The dangers of imagination

Imagination 2

1 hour

Introduction:

What methods do you use to put yourself in other people’s shoes? How successful do you think you are at doing this? What role does imagination play in understanding the past? Do you have to ‘feel’ the past in order to properly understand it?

Reasoning 1

1 hour

Introduction:

What do you think the role of reason is in helping us to figure out the world? Can we trust reason to provide us with reliable knowledge? What are its limitations? Should we trust what we read or hear from others? Why do people prefer to believe rumours rather than what is real and can be proven?

Reasoning 2

1 hour

Introduction:

Should we always trust our instinctive judgements? Have you ever been mistaken as a result of relying on intuitive knowledge?

Why are we superstitious? Which way of knowing helps you to decide make decisions and choices: reason, imagination or emotion?

How do you know you exist?

1 hour and 15 minutes

Introduction:

How do you know you’re real? Is existence all just a big dream? Has some mad scientist duped us into simply believing that we exist?.

René Descartes believed that most of what he acquired and learned came from the senses, but his senses had deceived him in the past. Can you give an example of when your senses have deceived you? Is there an experience that has made you doubt what you have seen or heard? Could this give you reason to doubt EVERYTHING you have learned from your senses?

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About the team


Teresa Deshon

Creator

Teresa is Assistan Principal of Berry Street School and an IT/Mathematics teacher who also specialises in delivering Teaching & Learning and ICT Professional Development programs and courses for schools. Teresa is experienced in the development and implementation of school wide change, coaching & mentoring staff, designing and implementing 1:1 programs, BYOD, LMS and Continuous Online Reporting. She has extensive experience in the development and delivery of professional learning programs for staff.

An accomplished speaker and writer, Teresa has been recognised for her leadership and innovative work by being awarded; Leading 21st Century Schools – Asia Literate Leader 2014,Worldwide Who’s Who for Educational Excellence 2013, Member of Australian Council of Educational Leadership 2008 and Australian Council of Educational Leaders Inquiry and Action Research Award on the topic of Women in Leadership 2008.

Teresa has a Bachelor and a Masters degree in IT/Education and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Education and Graduate Certificate in Competitive Systems and Practises.