Thinking It Through
Linking language skills thinking skills and drama
Teaching children to "think" has now become an acceptable part of educational practice and the benefits of using activities to develop thinking skills are well researched. It is not, however, always possible to fit this into an already congested timetable and, along with drama and other creative subjects, it is often an occasional 'add on' rather than an integral part of teaching.
The authors have worked together to provide a collection of practical ideas which incorporate thinking activities and drama into lessons across the curriculum. The activities are the result of first-hand experience and have been used successfully with children of different ages and abilities.
The lessons provided in this book are presented in a format which is easily accessible, can be quickly adapted for individual classes, shows National Curriculum links and also provides suggestions for differentiation and extension. Many of the suggestions could be used by teaching assistants when supporting individual pupils or groups of pupils, with the emphasis on questioning skills, language use and challenging children’s thinking and learning.