All humans think naturally. Metacognitive thinking, intentional thinking, or taking control of thinking, is a key to deeper learning. When we provide students with a language and structure for thinking, they transform it into deeper learning and understanding. In this workshop, you will practice new ways to engage your students in thinking that deepens understanding. We’ll make thinking tangible.
Use simple standard questions to drive thinking
Employ a set method for learning to think
Develop a common language to think about thinking
Use visual and kinesthetic means to bring thinking to life
In this workshop, we introdude the DSRP Method of Systems Thinking, a researched method that leads to deeper understanding and greater metacognition. This workshop will teach you how to coach your students to become better thinkers using simple questions and procedures to both construct new knowledge and to deconstruct misconceptions, and to better face the world and their future. DSRP, making Distinctions, seeing part-whole Systems, uncovering Relationships, and understanding Perspectives, is not an overhaul of what you are already doing to support student thinking, but a universal structure that integrates educational frameworks (e.g. Blooms, UbD, differentiation, cooperative learning, and multiple intelligences) and makes thinking visible, kinesthetic, and a part of every lesson.
We will use systems thinking via DSRP to engage key water lessons from the renowned Project WET 2.0 Teaching and Learning Guide. A participants will receive a copy of the guide.
This workshop is an important prerequisite for the Aqua STEM Acadies occuring this summer, 2017. The Aqua STEM Units leverage DSRP thinking for effective 6th - 9th grade student-centered experiences in applying science, technology, engineering and mathematics to engaging real-world issues. When registering for Systems Thinking 101, you will also have a chance to register for these Aqua STEM Academies: