Developing Thinkers, Collaborators & Communicators
Applied Learning Programme (ALP): Developing Thinkers, Collaborators & Communicators
What makes you wonder and how does it help you in your learning when your teachers provide scaffolding questions such as “See-Think-Wonder”, “Sentence-Phrase-Word’ and “I used to think…, Now I think…”?
Let’s hear it from two students:
“These questions help me to reflect on my thinking about a topic or an issue which we are learning. It is also useful during stimulus-based conversation when I learn to analyse the picture carefully and organise my ideas in a systematic way.”
“The questions posed improve my thinking process as I learn to think out of the box and look at things from different perspectives. I also learn to ask questions to clarify my thinking.”
As part of the school’s ALP, these sets of questions or what we term as thinking routines are used to enrich students’ process and to make their thinking visible. Two school programmes – ACTION! (Drama in the curriculum) and MBA (Mass Brain Activities) aim to promote critical and inventive thinking skills in students.
During ACTION!, students take on the role of different characters, learn to articulate their thoughts clearly, look at situations from different perspectives and provide reasons to support decisions made. Through drama, students’ command of the language is enhanced and they also learn to work well with their peers. The authentic setting of drama also shapes the critical thinking and decision-making abilities of the students.
During MBA, students play board games such as SET, PDQ and Blokus to improve their thinking and reasoning skills as well as collaborate with their friends in the game play. Students also reflect on what they have learnt by confidently articulating how they derive their answers to their peers. In doing so, they learn from each other and develop strategies to help them become increasingly better at problem solving. All these are essential 21st competencies which will help prepare our students for the rapid changing world.