Casie Cultures of Thinking Horizontal Lo

Cultures of Thinking in Action

 March 10-12 & 24-26, 2021

Synchronous instructional time will be from 2:00 - 4:30 pm US Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5)  each day of the workshop. There will be asynchronous work assigned at different times over the three week duration of the workshop. 

Dr. Ritchhart's instructional sessions will be recorded and available to participants, should they miss a session or wish to review the content. 


SESSION 1: November 4


A New Vision of Education

  • How can we create a culture of thinking for ourselves as educators?

  • In what ways has our understanding of the goals of education and good teaching changed, shifted, and developed?

  • What do we want the students we teach to be like as adults?


SESSION 2: November 5


Unpacking Culture

  • How can we unpack group culture to understand how it is created and supported? 

  • 3 Stories:  What are the stories of learning we have been told, have told ourselves, and what story do we want to be telling our students?

  • How do we “tell” a new story of learning? The 8 Cultural Forces.

  • What do the cultural forces look like in action? 


SESSION 3: November 6


The Cultural Force of Language

  • What are our insights and questions around a culture of thinking thus far?

  • How can we better learn to look closely and recognize the cultural forces in action?  A second look at the cultural forces

  • How can be better understand the different ways language gets, both at a distance in classrooms, and how it affects students? 


SESSION 4: November 18


The Cultural Forces of Interactions and Modeling

  • How do our interactions with students help to build relationships and establish a foundation of trust, respect, and authenticity?

  • How can we as teachers bring ourselves as learners and thinkers into the classroom and in distance learning?

  • What are the different forms of modeling that teachers engage in and how do they shape the learning?



SESSION 5: November 19


Creating Powerful Learning Opportunities

  • What do we already know about powerful learning opportunities from our experience as teachers?

  • What does research say about the crucial elements of powerful learning opportunities?

  • How can we better pay attention to these elements in our design of powerful learning?


SESSION 6: November 20


Making Thinking Visible: Thinking Routines and Beyond

  • What are the various ways that we can make students’ thinking more visible?

  • How do these practices interact with and support one another?

  • How can we use thinking routines to maximum effect to build understanding and promote deep learning?

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