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Friday, April 28, 2017

3 things to encourage Structured thinking in the Learning Commons

This article on Structured Thinking popped up in my feed and although it was published last year I wanted to reflect a bit on what we are doing in our Learning Commons to structure the thinking of our students.
  1. Maintaining an up-to-date curated Libguide collection which supports both content and skill-based learning.
    For example, when we create a libguide for Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, we also include Skills based pages to encourage students to Annotating their text or draft a comparatie analysis essay.
  2. Creating Research Scaffolds to support the curriculum and structure the research process and encourage deep inquiry learning.
    These research scaffolds are used from Year 7 to Year 12, both in a generic format but also a customised form. As an A3 sheet, they can be used to show evidence of the research process and development of thinking on a topic.
  3. Being available for students as a sounding board. We can proof read essays, listen to oral presentations or help students get their head arond a topic. Our Learning Commons is a "yes" environment, we will do anything (within reason) to assist students to further their learning.
I am sure that there us much more that we can do to help students structure their thinking, but this is where we are at the moment!


Schwartz, K. (2017). When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges. MindShift. Retrieved 26 February 2017, from