thinking about others
- Encouraging each other to speak. (e.g. encouraging gestures; taking turns; not talking over each other)
- Recalling each other’s ideas and putting their names to them. (e.g. ‘When (name) said (idea), I thought…’)
- Asking interested & inviting questions to better understand each other. (e.g. ‘Could you give us an example of that?’)
thinking with others
- Connecting to other people’s ideas. (e.g. ‘Following on from what (name) said …’ or ‘I agree / disagree with (name) because …’)
- Listening carefully to different points of view. (e.g. rather than replying with their own opinions, they asked for extra information or checked understanding)
- Comparing varying points of view to identify common ground as well as differences
So, it’s fair to say that Learning Challenge sessions rely heavily on caring and collaborative thinking – as indeed should all learning cultures!
With that said, let me add a bit more detail about the definitions of these two types of thinking. I will also offer some ideas for deliberate actions you could take to help your students develop their abilities and attitudes within these domains.