[[ Free books ]] Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our SchoolsAuthor Ron Ritchhart – Z55z.co

Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted As educators, parents, and citizens, we must settle for nothing less than environments that bring out the best in people, take learning to the next level, allow for great discoveries, and propel both the individual and the group forward into a lifetime of learning This is something all teachers want and all students deserve In Creating Cultures of Thinking TheForces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools,Ron Ritchhart, author of Making Thinking Visible,explains how creating a culture of thinking is important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveragingcultural forces expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environmentWith the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work


10 thoughts on “Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools

  1. Connie Weber Connie Weber says:

    If you were going to read one, just one, book on education, because you were hoping to get a sense for what we can do to bring out the life in learning for all students and teachers, of course as well then choose this book It is a profound read, an unusual combination of high level educational research combined with practical what to do now ideas for launching into a whole new and much better plan for learning in classrooms Learning with meaningfulness, depth, bustling energy, and full parti If you were going to read one, just one, book on education, because you were hoping to get a sense for what we can do to bring out the life in learning for all students and teachers, of course as well then choose this book It is a profound read, an unusual combination of high level educational research combined with practical what to do now ideas for launching into a whole new and much better plan for learning in classrooms Learning with meaningfulness, depth, bustling energy, and full participation We re talking about meaningful for everyone students, teachers, administrators Parents who want their children to be deeply engaged in learning People who value learning People who look to education to nurture the development of thoughtful adults and life long learners This is the book Likely to rise quickly to the best book in education of our time, this book and way of thinking about learning launches us into a new and muchvibrant, hopeful, and at the very highest level purposeful way of going about things in education Let s get beyond testing cultures and into learning cultures Let s develop intellectual character let s encourage habits of mind, intellectual passions and thinking dispositions that nurture the highest development of all We do this by creating our own cultures of thinking, designed from within, designed by educators and members of the learning communities.Chapters in the book correspond to cultural forces Expectations Recognizing How Our Beliefs Shape Our Behavior Language Appreciating Its Subtle Yet Profound Power Time Learning to be Its Master Rather Than Its Victim Modeling Seeing Ourselves through Our Students Eyes Opportunities Crafting the Vehicles for Learning Routines Supporting and Scaffolding Learning and Thinking Interactions Forging Relationships That Empower Learners Environment Using Space to Support Learning and Thinking In each chapter we examine an ultimate and sometimes hidden to our daily consciousness underlying dynamic tension in learning Should we go for the desultory historically arrived at factory model of education, or should we go for deep learning as the essence of life and growth and becoming all that we can be as educators and students An obvious choice And Ritchhart guides us through seeing how to go about the change.This is a powerful book, one that allows us to view education from a whole new viewpoint, one that gives us the tools to design cultures of thinking and highly engaged learning in all settings and disciplines


  2. Tamara Tamara says:

    Admittedly, books that inspire my growth as a teacher are some of my favorites, so you ll have to trust me when I tell you that Creating Cultures of Thinking The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools takes that love to a whole new level Creating Cultures of Thinking is the latest installment in a decade long conversation that began for me in 2004 with Intellectual Character What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It, and continued with Making Thinking Visible in 2011 In t Admittedly, books that inspire my growth as a teacher are some of my favorites, so you ll have to trust me when I tell you that Creating Cultures of Thinking The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools takes that love to a whole new level Creating Cultures of Thinking is the latest installment in a decade long conversation that began for me in 2004 with Intellectual Character What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It, and continued with Making Thinking Visible in 2011 In this trilogy Ron Ritchhart creates a vision of teaching, classroom culture, and intellectual life worthy of our highest aspirations Creating Cultures of Thinking also works as a stand alone title It s Low Threshold High Ceiling professional development No matter the career stage, there are entry points here for all teachers passionate about honing their craft In the midst of intense and multi faceted pressures relentlessly pulling our attention and energy in other directions, Creating Cultures of Thinking dives into the complexity of creating transformation, of anchoring our daily classroom interactions in the promotion of the dispositions needed for students to become active learners and effective thinkers eager and able to create, innovate, and solve problems 34 Committing to a culture of thinking requires submitting to vulnerability Ritchhart acknowledges the struggle and recognizes that these changes grow only from examining and judging our own understandings, expectations, practices, and authenticity as thinkers It takes a degree of nerve, ambition, and fortitude to steadfastly and honestly work to uncover the story of learning one is telling students Once we have done so, we must then assess how that story stacks up against what we truly want for our students, 29 This requires a conviction on our part We must first set and then calibrate our internal compass if we want it to act as a reliable guide 43 If it is true that children grow into the intellectual life around them, then it is incumbent on us to be model thinkers It takes courage to enter this arena, and Ritchhart inspires that courage He asks us to recall a time when we have been a part of a culture of thinking, A place where the group s collective thinking as well as each individual s thinking was valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular day to day experience of all group members 108 He reminds us, a culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work 5 With Creating Cultures of Thinking at my side, I am ready for the challenge


  3. Jason Jason says:

    For my review of this book, I have chosen to use the thinking routine I used to thinkNow I think I used to think it wasn t so hard to create the right kind of classroom culture Be kind and caring and clear in expectations and prioritize relationships Now I think there sto it than that, and it s worth stopping to reflect on the factors that contribute to a culture focused on thinking rather than just doing work.I used to think that teachers were cultish in their use of thinking rou For my review of this book, I have chosen to use the thinking routine I used to thinkNow I think I used to think it wasn t so hard to create the right kind of classroom culture Be kind and caring and clear in expectations and prioritize relationships Now I think there sto it than that, and it s worth stopping to reflect on the factors that contribute to a culture focused on thinking rather than just doing work.I used to think that teachers were cultish in their use of thinking routines and applied them without much deliberation Today we re using CSI Miami or maybe Stop, Collaborate and Listen Tomorrow, Duck Duck Learning Now I think there can be careful consideration of how these routines allow students to focus their thinking Now I think they nicely split the difference between solve for X over and over for the next 80 minutes by the way, there s only one right way to do this and you re on your own to go learn I m here if you have questions I still bristle sometimes when administrators use these routines on me, though, and am wary of meetings replete with chart paper and sticky notes or pieces of paper taped up to the four corners of the room I m a work in progress here.I used to think that teachers were fairly unsophisticated in their understanding of linguistics, farlikely to make pronouncements about how they would like language to work than how it actually does and to focus way too much on semantics while ignoring all sense of pragmatics or the importance of individual context in how specific utterances are received by listeners Now I thinkwell, I still sort of think this actually, but I agree that there s value in teachers reflecting on the language they use and what they might be communicating implicitly.I used to think that relationships between teachers and students matter Now I think this evenstrongly.I used to thinkI don t know how to articulate it exactly something about the importance of the whole school culture or ecosystems Now I think that creating a culture of thinking requiresthan just a few teachers changing their practice but rather an institution wide reexamination of what we value in terms of teaching and learning It doesn t have to result in groupthink it just doesn t make sense for students to be getting mixed messages about what matters and what learning is for.I used to think education books were kind of a slog Now I think they don t have to be


  4. Jae Ell Jae Ell says:

    In my 4th year as an educator at the Washington International School in DC I thank Ron Ritchhart for helping me work towards achieving one of my professional goals for this school year How can I create a math classroom culture in order to maximize growth mindset and minimize grade anxiety.I am excited to continue this journey with you and WIS My students deserve to have thinking and learning made priorities on a daily basis I am learning I am thinking.I am making mistakes It is messy.P In my 4th year as an educator at the Washington International School in DC I thank Ron Ritchhart for helping me work towards achieving one of my professional goals for this school year How can I create a math classroom culture in order to maximize growth mindset and minimize grade anxiety.I am excited to continue this journey with you and WIS My students deserve to have thinking and learning made priorities on a daily basis I am learning I am thinking.I am making mistakes It is messy.Pretty perfect for January 1st, 2020.I am looking forward to revisiting your words throughout the rest of this academic year and beyond For anyone reading this please help keep me on track and accountable


  5. Gail Gail says:

    Excellent read that, appropriately, made me think a lot I really appreciated the inspiring case studies and the careful analysis of them I have been seeing thinking and opportunities to promote thinking everywhere since I finished it a few days ago I am a future teacher, so I expect I will return to this book and get evenout of it later once I am actually in a classroom.


  6. Maria Caplin Maria Caplin says:

    Have to admit I chapter jumped this book Certain a ones captivated me and I took a thousand notes others helped me reflect on best practices Highly suggested if the goal is shifting the culture in a school.


  7. Cathleen Cathleen says:

    A very powerful handbook on transforming schools into places where thinking is foremost rather than completing tasks, being compliant, etc.


  8. Ahed H Ahed H says:

    A phenomenal, inspiring, thought provoking masterpiece Such a must read


  9. Kim Kim says:

    Important read for educators See my blog review here Important read for educators See my blog review here


  10. Jeff Jeff says:

    Ritchhart lays out a framework for examining the cultures of our classrooms and schools centered on eight cultural forces, expectations, language, time, opportunities, interactions, routines, modeling, and environment, with an eye to promoting the development of thinking and understanding Steeped in a school and a work community rooted in EL Education and the Deeper Learning network in addition to several years working with Ritchhart s thinking routines, I didn t find a lot new here Instead th Ritchhart lays out a framework for examining the cultures of our classrooms and schools centered on eight cultural forces, expectations, language, time, opportunities, interactions, routines, modeling, and environment, with an eye to promoting the development of thinking and understanding Steeped in a school and a work community rooted in EL Education and the Deeper Learning network in addition to several years working with Ritchhart s thinking routines, I didn t find a lot new here Instead the framework provides a lens for examining practice and probing the degree to which we are realizing the development of thinking in our classrooms I appreciate the value of aligning all of our collective resources towards the goal ofeffective thinking The creation of classrooms, schools, and an education system that develops deep thinkers ready for life long learning is a journey This is a great place to start on that journey and a helpful reminder for those of us who have traveled a bit down that path