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New Thinking Skills

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Two Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs) demonstrate four thinking activities which offer pupils specific strategies to deepen their understanding and question their own thinking processes, in this whole-school video.

Mystery is a tool used by AST Doug Paterson to help his Year 9 history class get to grips with contentious issues. There's no right or wrong answer but his students know they must give an explanation for any choice they make.

The technique of concept mapping is used by another AST Phil Wood to develop his secondary students' geographical understanding and to encourage holistic thinking. Phil gives his Year 13 students an image of the River Ganges and asks what areas of geography are in the image and how they link together.

Diamond Ranking is another activity that Doug likes and he uses it to get his Year 9 class to prioritise a list of poor working conditions in the 19th century. He then builds up a physical Venn diagram with his Year 12 class to explore the causes of Chartism.

Part of the series: School Matters

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