Upper Plenty Primary School is committed to the "Thinking Oriented Curriculum (TOC)". We don't teach students WHAT to think, rather we give them a whole range of strategies on HOW to think or to better organise their thoughts and, as a result, their learning. Activities include Mind Maps, Concept Maps, Habits of Mind, DeBono's Thinking Hats and various strategies to help better individualise learning and teaching. These approaches have supplemented and improved the curriculum planning the school had already been doing for some years using Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.
Our commitment to the ‘Thinking Curriculum’ is evidenced in the following ways...
Teaching FOR Thinking
Distribution of TOC tools and strategies resources to all teachers
Student TOC based work displayed and shared
TOC displays in classrooms
"You Can Do It!" program implementation, teaching Organisation, Persistence, Confidence & Getting Along
Staff Professional Learning - Apollo parkways Practicum
Teaching OF Thinking
Whole school staff participation in Apollo Parkways Thinking Curriculum practicum
Cluster PD – Jeni Wilson and Kath Murdock
Prep-Year 6 explicit teaching of thinking tools and strategies
Teaching WITH Thinking
Curriculum redesign to incorporate thinking tools and strategies
Qualitative assessment rubrics
Appointment of Student Portfolios Co-ordinator leading to implementation of portfolios at all levels.
Active participation in the Cluster Literacy Network
Teaching ABOUT Thinking
Teacher professional learning with Educator and guests
Involvement in teacher shadowing exchanges within and outside the school