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Thinking Protocols for Learning

By: Janelle Wills

Grow students into creative, ethical, and critical thinkers who can confidently navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing world. Thinking Protocols for Learning offers instructional techniques for teaching 21st Century Skills that boost student engagement, metacognition, and problem solving.

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Your guide to fostering critical thinking and increasing student engagement with 21st Century Skills

Grow students into creative, ethical, and critical thinkers who confidently navigate our changing world. In this comprehensive guide, the author brings together strategies for teaching thinking skills, designing group activities, and promoting a collaborative classroom environment. Begin using these ideas in your own classroom, and watch your students flourish as they learn to question, explore multiple answers, and consider multiple perspectives.

  • Understand the development and applications of metacognition.
  • Learn how to teach various thinking skills, including critical, creative, and ethical thinking.
  • Facilitate strong group dialogue among students.
  • Explore problem solving and problem posing in order to encourage thinking-skill usage among students.
  • Embed practical strategies for teaching critical thinking skills into everyday classwork.

Related Topics

21st Century SkillsInstructionStudent Engagement

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Product Code: BKB016, EKB009

ISBN: 9781951075972

“Whether you’re a rookie teacher or a veteran, Teaching Protocols for Learning is a useful, compact sourcebook of those ‘greatest hits’ of teaching and thinking strategies that make classrooms come alive. This book is filled with easy-to-use ideas—some you may have tried and others you may have never heard of—collected into one volume along with compact reviews of the key research behind them. I wish I’d had this book at the beginning of my career, but I’m glad to have it now!”

William Kist, professor emeritus of education, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

“In a world of overcrowded curriculum, the importance of explicit teaching about thinking is becoming increasingly significant for learners of all levels. Janelle Wills provides an abundance of tangible strategies that can be seamlessly and immediately embedded into current instruction or intentionally integrated into future planning. Each strategy is backed by valid research and described using a variety of classroom circumstances. Educators of any level could apply just one idea presented and enhance their instruction tomorrow!”

Nicole McRee-Badovinac, science instructional coach, Kildeer Countryside School District 96, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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