4ColourThinking


James Nelson

St Andrews Lutheran College, Tallebudgera, GC, QLD

Inspired as a teacher to make thinking visible and teach critical thinking skills explicitly across a range of subjects. This particular simplification of thinking skills and language works well with teachers using frameworks such as Dimensions of Learning, Bloom's Taxonomy, and helps make criteria sheets in subjects become a little more colourful.

Having shared this recently at a P-12 staff development session, it wasn't just Senior School teachers like myself seeing the useful applications. Some staff spoke of this as a resource to help them with postgraduate study and some Primary School staff suggested they'd like to start making films of their use of the pen in early years to encourage peers. I am excited to work with IT and primary teachers to investigate applications across the College.

In the meantime, I have been asked to present this as part of a Middle & Emerging Leaders conference focused on 'whole school approaches to pedagogy' and 'practical resources for teachers to take away and implement tomorrow'. Some of the resources I've created for 4 Colour Thinking will suit both of these objectives. This opportunity in mid-October will provide further feedback about the ease and accessibility of 4 Colour Thinking for learners in all environments and across a range ages.