Cas is an expert on the thinking brain and coined the mother ship of all thinking and how it relates to thinking as well as to short- and long-term retention.
He detected the existence of the chronosensor in the brain which guides the brain to detect patterns which are important in all subjects and extremely visible in language and maths.
The background to Thinking Tools
The Thinking Tools concept originated from my book: The DNA of Great Teachers (2012) and followed up by Potential Development using Thinking Tools – The Key to Flipped Teaching (2017).
Both books originated from continuous research and practice.
The Thinking Tools approach
The Thinking Tools approach is in direct opposition with spoon-feeding teaching practices. Thinking Tools are inborn abilities which are developed, nurtured, and embraced by Great Teaching practices. The Great Teaching is a trust-based approach learning aimed to establish relations with students with the focus to provide them with thinking scaffolds to master the curriculum themselves.
The history of Thinking Tools classes
Thinking Tools training started as direct Zoom classes for teachers as well as for students and parents (Grades 4 to 12)
This developed into interactive eCourses with special focus on:
- Foundation Phase teachers.
- Grades 4 to 7 teachers with a balance between mathematics and other subjects.
- High school Grades 8 to 12 maths teachers.
- High School Grades 8 to 12 other subjects except maths.
These courses are helpful for dedicated parents and caregivers who want to become more skilled to assist and mentor their children.
eCourses are videoed eCourses are hosted on an intelligent interactive 4IR Edugator platform which requires interaction and collaboration from the eLearners (teachers). Interactions are needed when questions are asked to the real time learner group. The video then stops and will proceed to the further discussion after the eLearner participant responded. This provides the course with a real-life touch and feel.
The short-term benefits of the Thinking Tools approach
Learners are empowered to master their schoolwork in self-directed ways, knowing where to start, how to solve problems and gain insight.
Test and report cart marks soar, first and foremost those learners who are traditionally struggling to pass their exams.
Teachers who are using Thinking Tools report that disciplinary problems decrease as learners become involved in learning activities and start achieving success.
The long-term cognitive benefits of the Thinking Tools approach
The Thinking Tools approach enables learners to become critical thinkers as the process induces the following habits, to:
- Identify and articulate new challenges.
- Approach the unknown while generating guiding questions.
- Think about their thinking (metacognition).
- Anticipate outcomes.
- Seek meaning when creating structure from chaos/unknown.
- Seek and incorporate inputs from others.
- Scope their progress and know when the goal is achieved.
- Can retrospectively clarify, explain and critique processes and outcomes.
- Most of the time engaged in more than one project.
- Have feel-good feelings as they enjoy what they are doing