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Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa

March 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin

Learning outside the box begins with a thought

The ability to memorize facts is not enough to equip students to solve problems or navigate an evolving world. If we educate young people to become flexible, metacognitive thinkers—and model that behavior for them— they will understand how to adapt their learning and successfully find their way in new territory. This book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this practical guide provides numerous strategies to help teachers and leaders:

  • Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinking
  • Create classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkers
  • Ask questions that develop skillful thinking
  • Help students formulate questions that facilitate problem solving
  • Work with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their children

Included are practical classroom strategies and illustrations, curriculum maps, and tools for developing students' creativity and decision-making skills. This timely resource is ideal for preparing leaders, teachers, and students to meet the escalating challenges of the future.

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
About the Authors
1. Some Game Changers: The Brain, Intelligence, and the Role of Metacognition
2. How People Learn
3. Deconstructing Metacognition
4. Behaving Metacognitively: Habits of Mind
5. The Wright Brothers: An Example of Skillful Thinking
6. The Language of Thinking: How can I know what I think until I hear what I say?
7. Creative Problem Solving
8. Knowledge Networks: The Organization of Knowledge to Facilitate Metacognition
9. The Metacognitive Classroom
10. Two Powerful Classroom Tools
11. Creating a Metacognitive Learning Community: School and Home
Resources for Teachers

"The authors have used their unique experiences and extensive knowledge of teaching and learning. The text integrates research from various resources that comes together in a unique approach to guide the transition to 21st century learning classrooms."

Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor
Ashland University, OH

"Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools is very well written and uses excellent examples that make the topics come alive for the readers."

Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer, Learning and Teaching
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

"The book not only tells the 'what', but reinforces why metacognition is so important for teaching children and adults, then elaborates on the 'how.'"

Lynn Macan, Superintendent
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, NY

"The extensive knowledge, research, and unique experiences of the authors creates an approach to teaching and learning in the 21st century that all teachers should embrace." 

NSTA, October 2012
Key features
  • The authors synthesize the research on critical thinking in an accessible format
  • A variety of graphs and illustrations are offered as visual explanations for concepts.
  • Tables can be used as curriculum planning source materials.
  • Provides numerous strategies to help teachers teach thinking in the classroom, including how to use note-taking and grading as powerful platforms for thinking.
  • The authors offer numerous educational applications for teachers and curriculum workers to more expertly create classroom conditions, instructional strategies, and curriculum maps that liberate learners' creative potentials, enhance rational decision-making and develop their propensity for continuous life-long learning.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Some Game Changers

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