One of the world’s foremost thinkers in resilience and learning challenges shares how to up-skill your students to value and masterfully tackle THE LEARNING PIT BOOK NOW to see Globally Acclaimed James Nottingham in S.A
TSSA Master Trainer James Nottingham James Nottingham is an educational leader, author and entrepreneur who developed The Learning Pit model to help students through the process and stages of engaging with stretching challenges. He has been featured in a BBC documentary about Philosophy for Children, acclaimed as a Future 500 forward- thinker, and is an ICOT (International Conference on Thinking) Presenter. Having started his career teaching hearing-impaired children and having been a teacher himself, he understands the need for practical classroom strategies.
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The Learning Pit is for the teachers, leaders and support staff who wish to guide their students in the development of critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking. It is a model that provides learners with a language to think and talk about learning. It helps build participants’ resilience, wisdom and self-efficacy. And when it is used as a structure for learning, it can also improve teacher clarity and raise expectations of success.
CAPE TOWN Monday, 11 February 2019 Pro ED House School
DURBAN Tuesday, 12 February 2019 Durban Girls College JOHANNESBURG Wednesday, 13 February 2019 St Peter's Girls Prep School
Time : 8:30 a.m. Registration - 3pm Close Cost: R1550 per delegate. SACE Registered - 10 CPD points
Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA) is a non-profit organization that empowers schools to grow a culture of explicit critical, creative and collaborative thinking so that students become independent life-long learners. We offer whole staff training and ongoing support through local communities of practice. Because TSSA Trainers are teachers, too, they have a wealth of practical experience. TSSA Schools report 87% of Teacher Planning increasing in depth and breadth for problem-solving and thinking skills, and 83% of classrooms experiencing greatly improved teaching and learning.
About the workshop facilitator: Clint is a dynamic classroom teacher and an active member of the Thinking Schools Drive Team at Merchiston Prep, where he is using their whole school adoption of Thinking Maps and de Bono’s Thinking Hats to take writing skills to a whole new level of purposeful engagement. His international training and experience in literacy and writing development has added insight and practical application that we are delighted to share with you.
BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! This workshop is a practical and empowering training experience for Junior and Senior PrimaryTeachers to deepen your students' abilities to:
Develop their story - writing skills in terms of planning structure, vocabulary, empathy and character development.
Reflect on stories they love, and how every good story has a 'hook' that makes you want to read on - and learn how to develop that 'hook' in their stories.
Structure their logic and flow (using Thinking Maps) and their critical thinking framework (using de Bono's Thinking Hats) to deepen their 21st Century Thinking Skills.
It is ideal for schools to galvanise the use of key Thinking Languages- Thinking Maps and de Bono's Thinking Hats- in a practical and purposeful way. You will learn how to build up this approach over different phases of development, and come away with practical ideas that can be used across your school. This includes an inventive way of using laminated booklets to speed up the use of Thinking Maps exercises and Thinking Hats 'fans' for students to indicate which Thinking Hats are appropriate in different character sketches and situations. These tools are relevant to other teaching areas to develop both logically and emotionally appropriate thinking.
This workshop will illustrate on how teachers can help students engage more deeply with their writing concepts and planning, and to take their writing skills to a significantly higher level. When Clint presented this approach at one of the TSSA network meetings, schools across the country were so impressed, that they have recommended to TSSA that we run this as a full workshop across the country.
PORT ELIZABETH 16 February 2019 Collegiate Junior School for Girls
Time : 10:30 a.m. Registration - 3:30pm Close Cost: R950 per delegate. SACE Registered - 10 CPD points
This workshop is co-hosted by Collegiate Junior School for Girls (where it is being held) in collaboration with Victory Christian School, to help build a PE Thinking Community of Practice.
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WHY are we so passionate about Thinking Schools? To inspire and empower young Southern Africans to develop resourceful, critical and collaborative thinking strategies to change their lives and communities for the better. HOW do we do that? Engaging teachers and schools as agents of change, in Growth Mindset Communities of Practice to implement global best practice Thinking Strategies and Tools in whatever current curriculum and classroom time you have. WHAT specific services do we offer? Whole staff training, Thinking School strategy facilitation, Ongoing Network Support of drive teams from each school, open workshops and being a sounding board for school leaders.
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Thinking Schools South Africa
We empower schools to develop a culture of explicit thinking so that students and teachers learn how to learn more effectively.
“The reason I’m drawn to TSSA is this novel idea that in matters social, as well as educational, the best tool at our disposal, as human beings, is to think our way out of problems. Far too much emphasis in South Africa education is on coverage of content and too little on the underlying thinking skills crucial for understanding complex scholarly and social problems” – Professor Johathan Jansen, TSSA Patron
“TSSA’s work is critical in building the capacity of teaches to foster thinking skills across the curriculum” – Mary Metcalfe
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