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Building a Culture of Thinking (One Day Workshop) January 14, 2016 at Hampden Academy

Thinking critically is an essential skill for learners to successfully navigate the demands of the world they will live and work in. Join us for this important discussion. For the last several years, teachers in the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning have participated in multi-day trainings to learn how to explicitly teach important critical thinking skills. Their efforts at having their learners successfully develop these skills depends on a classroom culture that supports this deeper thinking and on an evidence-based reflective practice approach by teachers. This one-day session will explore how to build a classroom culture that supports learners’ “thinking”. We will explore the use of “thinking routines” and review classroom artifacts for evidence of higher levels
of critical thinking.

If you have attended a previous MCCL Reasoning Process (multi-day) training, this will serve as a follow-up with some new ideas for how to build a culture of “thinking” in the classroom. If you have not attended any previous training, this session will help you evaluate the routines and strategies you use to support “thinking” and provide you with some new ideas that will help improve the building of a culture of “thinking” in your classroom or building. You will leave with some ideas and strategies that you can implement immediately. Both teachers, administrators and instructional support staff are encouraged to attend.

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Habits of Mind Curriculum Work

At their September board meeting the MCCL Board of Directors approved, in concept, the idea of paying teachers to complete their Habits of Mind curriculum work, started in the Spring 2015. With the exception of Oct. 14th, this will allow teachers to do this work outside of regular school hours.

Curriculum Revision Scheduled for Fall 2015

Since October of 2010 teachers across cohort schools have been building and revising a proficiency-based curriculum. In the winter of 2015, 30 teachers revised our science curriculum. This Fall 2015 we have plans to revise our English Language Arts, Math & Social Studies Curricula. Check out our “curriculum” tab to see our revision schedule.