Monday, September 27, 2010

In Honor of the Scholars of Canadian Academy ~ Kobe, Japan

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, questions, and students with me. Your students are so lucky to you guiding their literacy journeys!

As you study thinking and support your students as growing readers, know that you have a cheerleader in Colorado :)

Here is a portrait of thinking dispositions to consider as you craft your work and make reading "an open book" for all your students (I am having difficulty formatting so that each of the frameworks can be seen here. The piece from Fountas and Pinnell and 21st Century Thinking may be missing as I post this. Just e-mail me and I will send you this as an attachment.). All the best!

Nurturing Students’ Thinking Dispositions: Focus of Learning

Laura Benson ~

7 Essential Life Skills Ellen Galinsky (2010), Mind in the Making

Compre-hension Strategies

Pearson, Roehler, Dole, & Duffy (1992)

6 Facets of Understand-ing

Wiggins & McTighe

5 Minds for the Future

Howard Gardner

The 12 Systems of Strategic Action

Fountas & Pinnell (2010)

Ways of Thinking

21st Century Thinking Skills

Focus and Self Control

Monitoring Understanding

Self Knowledge

The wisdom to know one’s ignorance and how one’s patterns of thought and action inform as well as prejudice understanding.

The Disciplined Mind

Employing ways of thinking associated with major scholarly disciplines (history, math, science, art, etc.) and major professions (law, medicine, management, finance, etc., as well as crafts and trades); capable of applying oneself diligently, improving steadily, and continuing beyond formal education.

Thinking Within the Text

· Solving words

· Monitoring and correcting

· Searching for and using information

· Summarizing

· Maintaining fluency

· Adjusting

Organizational Thinking Skills




Goal Setting & Planning

Formulating Questions

Developing Hypotheses

Learning How to Learn

Problem Solving

Decision Making

Perspective Taking





The Synthesized Mind

Selecting crucial information from the copious amounts available; arranging that information in ways that make sense to self and to others.

Thinking Beyond the Text

· Predicting

· Making Connections

o Personal

o World

o Text

· Inferring

· Synthesizing

Creative Thinking Skills








Creative Problem Solving




The Creating Mind

Going beyond existing knowledge and syntheses to pose new questions, offer new solutions, fashion works that stretch existing genres or configure new ones; creation builds on one or more established disciplines and requires an informed “field” to make judgments of quality and acceptability.

Thinking About the Text

· Analyzing

· Critiquing

Critical Thinking Skills

Using Inductive & Deductive Thinking

Predicting Benefits & Consequences

Identifying Values, Ideologies, & Bias

Distinguishing Among Fact, Opinion, & Reasoned Judgment

Determining the Accuracy of Information

Judging Essential & Incidental Evidence

Determining Relevance

Identifying Missing Information

Judging the Credibility of a Source

Recognizing Assumptions & Fallacies

Identifying Unstated Assumptions

Detecting Inconsistencies in an Argument

Identifying Ambiguity

Identifying Exaggeration

Determining the Strength of an Argument

Making Connections


Schema Theory


The Respectful Mind

Responding sympathetically and constructively to differences among individuals and among groups; seeking to understand and work with those who are different; extending beyond mere tolerance and political correctness.

Collaborative Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking

Identifying Importance/



The Ethical Mind

Abstracting crucial features of one’s role at work and one’s role as a citizen and acting consistently with those conceptualizations; striving toward good work and good citizenship.

Analytical Reasoning Skills

Identifying Characteristics

Recognizing Attributes

Determining Critical Attributes

Making Observations

Comparing & Contrasting

Categorizing & Classifying

Criteria Setting

Ranking, Prioritizing, & Sequencing

Pattern Finding


Determining Cause & Effect

Making Analogies

Taking On Challenges


Systems Thinking Skills

Introspective Thinking

(Knowing Self)

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