A Culture of Thinking

November 17, 2011 by Janet Kalmin
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Sydney’s Masada College has been inundated with applications for their second Developing a Culture of Thinking in Schools Conference in February.

The innovative learning strategies of a Culture of Thinking have been at the core of education at Masada for four years. Principal Wendy Barel introduced the learning method following her attendance at the Bialik College conference in Melbourne, which featured the Harvard Project Zero team. The strategy has had such a positive impact on teachers and students that the College has initiated a ‘collaborative cluster’, where schools who are at various stages of implementation of the program are able to share classroom learning experiences.

Due to the success of their first conference in 2009, the second conference will introduce more schools to the approach and will expand on the concepts previously presented to those already on their Culture of Thinking journey. A highlight of the conference will be the key note address by renowned presenter Dr Ron Ritchhart from Harvard Project Zero. His work on thoughtful learning is at the heart of the Culture of Thinking movement.

“We are thrilled to be offering another conference in the innovative learning skills that a Culture of Thinking produces. The more schools learn about these strategies the more we can encourage mindfulness, understanding and creativity in our students learning,” said Wendy Barel.


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