Culture of Thinking

The Western Australian Curriculum (2014) has an expectation that students can think critically and creatively. They are required to think broadly and deeply using skills, behaviours and dispositions such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school.

At Our Lady of Grace, we have responded to the challenges of the twenty-first century, by teaching thinking that is productive, purposeful and intentional and is at the centre of effective learning. We want to build and develop in students, skills of deep and purposeful thought incorporating understanding, curiosity, truth and evidence, fairness, moral reasoning, creativity, self-management and decision making.

Our Lady of Grace is proud to be involved in developing a thinking culture throughout the school. With the use of thinking routines that makes thinking visible to students, teachers are empowered to move student learning from just knowing the correct answers to thinking about, looking closely at, understanding and questioning what is being presented. The thinking and questioning language of the routines tap what Ron Ritchhart (author of Creating Culture of Thinking) and his colleagues call “thinking moves” that encourage students to delve more deeply into their learning and make their thinking visible.

From this, the culture of the classroom begins to change. Soon everyone is asking “What makes you say that?” and a community of inquiry and thoughtful learning begins to grow. Engaging in this quest to look at teaching and learning in new ways becomes the classroom norm rather than something new to try.