Essentials 2017

We're so looking forward to you joining the I-Think community! [play, learn together] Here are downloadable copies of the slides for the workshops

Keynote & Morning Workshop

Introduction to Integrative Thinking

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Integrative Thinking in Action

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Workshops in Thinking

Exploring Complexity in Creative Problem-Solving

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Leveraging Student Voice through Metacognition

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Collaborative Professionalism: Leveraging Integrative Thinking as a Leader

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Bringing Problem-Based Learning to Life

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Are you ready to dive into the world of complexity and causation?  Often one of the biggest challenges when it comes to solving complex problems is simply deciding what the problem is and where to even begin solving it.  Unlike their ‘tame’ counterparts, ‘wicked’ problems rarely come with a roadmap or formula for arriving at a solution.  This hands on workshop will introduce participants to Causal Modelling
-- a simple yet powerful tool to help students visualize complexity, make their thinking more explicit, and find innovative solutions in unexpected places.

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Listen to Erin Quinn talk about the Causal Model.

 

Teaching students to recognized and value their own thoughts and stance is empowering and challenging. It challenges students who think that their job is to give
teachers the right answer, and challenges teachers to design learning for students with diverse thoughts. In this workshop, we’ll explore how we enable student voice using the Ladder of Inference tool. Using K- 12 examples of from the classroom, the Ladder of Inference will be explored with a focus on metacognition and student voice.

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Listen to Kristen Slinger talk about Integrative Thinking. 

 

Collaboration, dialogue and specific and intentional suggestions to improve and refine professional practice are three concepts that are often not found in the context of the Teacher Professional Appraisal. Join us to explore Integrative Thinking and the Ladder of Inference in the context of leadership, feedback and collaboration. Together we’ll learn about the Ladder of Inference and how it helped Erin Altosaar (Principal, Toronto District School Board) shift her approach to supporting teachers in changing and adapting to enhance their professional practice. Together we’ll explore her journey from appraisal to a supportive learning environment that shifted the cultural of appraisal to building
effective practice in every classroom.

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A problem well-framed is half-solved. To bring problem- based learning into the classroom, students need problems in need of being solved. Integrative Thinking approaches problem solving by looking for the tensions. In our session we’ll explore how organizations talk about their challenges and learn how to listen for the tensions within the models; a core skill of integrative thinkers. This becomes students’ jumping off point into engaging richly and deeply in meaningful, real world challenges. Additionally, we’ll explore how through the thinking fostered by the ‘Pro-
Pro’ chart and the use of 'Benefit Bubbles', students gain the opportunity to dive deeply into the challenge and create new understanding.

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Wrap-Up

 
 

Stay involved in the I-Think community by joining one of our workshops!

Come together with peers to explore teaching, learning, and thinking, and answer the question: "What's next?"

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Teacher Sharing Evening

April 12, 2018

 

These evenings are an opportunity to work with other educators to see how they apply Integrative Thinking in their classrooms.