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Pathways to Thinking Schools

Pathways to Thinking Schools

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April 2014 | 280 pages | Corwin
Give students the essential thinking skills they need to thrive. 

Content-focused teaching may yield marginal improvements in test scores, but leaves students without the cognitive skills and dispositions for success in an information-overloaded world that requires deep thinking, collaborative problem solving, and emotional intelligence. 

David Hyerle has brought exciting models for enabling students to drive their own thinking and learning to schools in every corner of the world, with outstanding results. In this book, Hyerle presents case studies of schools and educators who have applied these models, in some cases system-wide, to ensure every student can thrive in an increasingly complex future. Among his powerful concepts for short and long-term improvement are:

  • Visual Tools for Thinking—The nonlinguistic tools that have made Hyerle’s famous “Thinking Maps” model so successful
  • Dispositions for Mindfulness—a language for students to improve their intellectual-emotional behaviors as they learn
  • Questioning for Inquiry—A system for developing students’ abilities to ask questions in the context of a developing Community of Inquiry, including the use of Bloom’s revised Taxonomy and the Six Hats Thinking® model
Ultimately, Pathways to Thinking Schools synthesizes the potential of smart content-based teaching  with the powerful thinking skills and dispositions that supercharge the educational experience. 

“In a global community, countries recognize reciprocal interests and the need and benefit of interdependence. Therefore, this new paradigm of a global community calls for Thinking Schools internationally.”
—Yvette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
National Urban Alliance

List of Figures
Foreword by Yvette Jackson
About the Editors
About the Contributors
1. Catalyst: Thinking Schools as a Catalyst for Transformational Change
2. Imperative
Working to Avoid Intellectual Apartheid

Elizabeth Dellamora
Questions for Enquiry

3. Brain-Mind
Brain Mapping and Mapping Minds

Kimberly Williams
Questions for Enquiry

4. Criteria
Criteria for a Thinking Schools Approach

Bob Burden
Questions for Enquiry

5. Journey
Journey Toward Becoming a Thinking School

Gill Hubble
Questions for Enquiry

6. School
The Tree of Learning

Richard Coe
Questions for Enquiry

7. System
A System-Wide Vision for Thinking

Donna J. DeSiato and Judy Morgan
Questions for Enquiry

8. Language
Thinking Language Learners

Estee Lopez and Larry Alper
Questions for Enquiry

9. Coaching
Improving the Quality of Teaching Through Visual Coaching and Supervision

Kathy Ernst
Questions for Enquiry

10. Leading
Leading Connectively

Larry Alper and David Hyerle
Questions for Enquiry

11. Country
Robert Seth Price and Bereket Aweke
Thinking Schools Ethiopia
Questions for Enquiry


"In a global community, countries recognize reciprocal interests and the need and benefit of interdependence. Therefore, this new paradigm of a global community calls for Thinking Schools internationally; schools where students will be equipped to think dialectically, reflecting on the ramifications and possibilities of interdependence; schools where students will be cultivated to transform themselves to be self-actualized and who make contributions to transform the world so this millennium is the one in which we achieve the global success of cooperation, high productivity globally, and innovation of efficient and effective use of our most promising and productive resource: our mind and the thinking it generates."

Yvette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
National Urban Alliance

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