Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Characteristics for a Thinking Attitude
As a teacher do you instill in your students the characteristics necessary to have a Thinking Attitude.
In a microwave world, learning does not take place in a manner of seconds. Learning is a process and does not happen in a 22 minute time frame, like an 80's sit-com. Understanding takes time and therefore both students and teachers must demonstrate the patience necessary for the learning to take place.
Students need to have the ability to remain focused through the completion of the learning process. Maintaining concentration through observation, questioning, data collection, argument, testing and conclusion. Students need the stamina of mind to stay the course.
Details, details, details. Do students value every piece of evidence every bit of the data, each portion of the argument. Can students gather research with an eye for the validity and effectiveness of the information.
Acceptance of Others Perspectives
Respect for each person and an inclusive community help to create a classroom where students can safely share their opinions without fear of being judged. It is through the sharing of different points of view that students gain insight into the ideas of their classmates and perspectives on the lesson at hand.