Building Thinking Classrooms

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Created by Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra

What you'll learn

  • Building Thinking Classrooms
  • Making Teaching a Passion
  • Engaging Kids
  • Making Learning a priority
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1 total hour on-demand video
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9 lessons
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Course content


  • A priority and an initiative towards learning and teaching.


The module discusses Building thinking classrooms, a transformative approach to education that prepares students for the complexities of the modern world. Thinking classrooms create a more engaging and effective learning environment by fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills. Implementing this approach requires thoughtful planning and a willingness to shift from traditional teaching methods to more dynamic, student-centered practices. The benefits, however, are profound, leading to more motivated, capable, and well-rounded learners.

The module discusses

Fundamental Concepts in the School of Thought

1. Getting Students Involved

Active participation from students is a cornerstone of a thinking classroom. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to design lessons in which students take an active role, rather than merely receiving it. Teachers guide class discussions, pose thought-provoking questions, and assign assignments that call on students to work together and think critically.

Section 2: Learning through Solving Problems

Thinking classrooms emphasise problem-based learning (PBL), in which students work on real-world issues with complicated and non-trivial answers. This approach promotes analytical thinking, innovative problem-solving, and teamwork among pupils. PBL helps students gain a more thorough grasp of the material and improves their problem-solving ability.

3. Learning Through Collaboration

Thinking classrooms rely on collaboration. Student group work aims to solve problems collaboratively, share ideas, and exchange viewpoints. This collaborative approach exposes students to many perspectives and problem-solving methods and helps them develop their social and communication skills.

In addition, the module talks about 1. Student Engagement

One of the fundamental principles of a thinking classroom is active student engagement. This involves creating an environment where students are not just passive recipients of information but active participants in the learning process. Teachers facilitate discussions, encourage questions, and provide tasks that require critical thinking and collaboration.

2. Problem-Based Learning

Thinking classrooms prioritize problem-based learning (PBL), where students tackle complex, real-world problems that don’t have straightforward solutions. This method encourages students to think critically, apply their knowledge creatively, and collaborate with peers to find solutions. PBL fosters a deeper understanding of the subject matter and enhances problem-solving skills.

3. Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is a critical component of thinking classrooms. Students work in groups to discuss ideas, share different perspectives, and collectively solve problems. This collaborative approach improves social and communication skills and exposes students to diverse ways of thinking and problem-solving.

Implementing Thinking Classrooms

1. Random Grouping

Thinking classrooms often use random grouping to ensure that all students interact with different peers and perspectives. Changing groups regularly prevents cliques and promotes inclusivity. This strategy encourages students to develop interpersonal skills and learn from diverse viewpoints.

2. Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS)

Using VNPS, such as whiteboards or chalkboards on walls, allows students to stand and work on problems collaboratively. This setup promotes active engagement, makes students’ thinking visible, and facilitates immediate feedback from peers and teachers. VNPS helps to break down the traditional classroom hierarchy and encourages a more dynamic and interactive learning environment.

Who this course is for:

  • Educators and Parents
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